Wayne State Women, Men Protect Home Court With Sweep

WAYNE – With school back in session and a conference double header in town, Wayne State College fans cheered on the Wildcat women’s and men’s basketball teams Friday night.

From Rice Auditorium on the campus of Wayne State College, WSC entertained Winona State University.

On December 8, the Warrior women held off a Wildcat comeback 61-56 and the Wayne State men won in overtime over the Warriors 82-80.

In the women’s contest, Winona State built a 15-13 first quarter lead as WSC scored in the final 4.5 second to lead 30-29 at half. Winona State then built their lead back to six points entering the fourth (49-43). The Wildcats started the final quarter on a 9-0 run to win the quarter 16-9 and win the game thanks to two points from Erin Norling with 19.1 seconds remaining. After a couple missed shots from WSU, the game saw Wayne State hold on for the 59-58 victory and split the season series with the Warriors. WSC is now 10-5 (5-4 NSIC) as the Warriors fell to 7-6 (5-4 NSIC).

Andrea Larson was the Wildcat leader with 13 points on 5-7 shooting (2-3 3PT/1-2 FT) while Norling put the game away with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Brittany Bongartz tallied 11 points and six boards to go along with a team-high four assists as Halley Busse went 3-7 from behind the arc to tack on 11 points. Kylie Hammer provided eight bench points while Maggie Lowe and Haley Vesey accounting for three points each.

WSC closed with 25-58 (43.1%) from the floor, 7-24 (29.2%) from behind the arc and 2-7 (28.6%) from the foul line.

Kayla Schaefer paced Winona State in scoring with 18 points on 8-15 (2-3 3PT). Rachel Novotny recorded a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds as Gabie Doud tacked on 10 points and seven boards.

Winona State shot 24-58 (41.4%) from the field, 6-20 (30%) from the three point line and 4-6 (66.7%) at the charity stripe.

Scoring by quarter:

1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:

15   14   29   20     9   58 – Winona State

13   17   30   13   16   59 – Wayne State College

During the men’s game, WSC took the early lead from the three-point line before the Warriors held a six-point advance at the 10:23 mark of the first half. The ‘Cats then built a double figure lead of 49-37 going into the locker room. WSC then grew their lead to 15 with around 12 minutes remaining in the game as WSU didn’t back down. Wayne State College outscored the Warriors in the second half 43-42 to win the game 92-79. WSC has now won two straight to sweep the season series over the Warriors and improve to 12-3 (7-2 NSIC) as WSU is now 5-10 (2-7 NSIC).

Vance Janssen caught fire from behind the arc with 21 points (4-6 3PT) as Nick Ferrarini added a career-high 18 points thanks to 4-4 shooting from behind the arc. Kendall Jacks poured in 19 points (8-8 FT) and grabbed a team-high eight boards; Jordan Janssen added 13 points (5-5 FT), seven boards and five assists as Trevin Joseph finished with 11 points and four assists. Other scouring came from Ben Dentlinger with seven points and Luke TerHark tacked three points.

WSC shot 31-64 (48.4%) from the field, 11-22 (50%) from behind the arc and 19-20 (95%) from the foul line.

Winona State was led by Kevion Taylor with 23 points as Tommy Gathje scored 15 points and grabbed a team-high seven boards. Mason Domask provided 12 bench points.

The Warriors finished 26-55 (47.3%) from the floor, 9-25 (36%) from the three point line and 18-24 (75%) from the charity stripe.

Scoring by half:

1st 2nd Final:

37  42   79 – Winona State

49  43   92 – Wayne State College

The Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams are back in action Saturday hosting Upper Iowa University. Join Voice of the Wildcats, Aaron Scheffler on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and online at waynedialynews.com at 3 p.m. for pregame coverage.