WAYNE – For the first time, entering the weekend, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference basketball teams will play a full schedule after having several cancellations due to COVID in the month of January.
From Rice Auditorium, the Wayne State College women and men return home for a third straight weekend of cross division games.
WSC will host St. Cloud State on Friday, January 21 at 5:30/7:30 p.m. before welcoming in Minnesota Duluth on Saturday, January 22 at 3:30/5:30 p.m. Women’s games will return to being first and men’s games second for the remainder of the season.
Join Voice of the Wildcats, Aaron Scheffler on The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590 for Friday’s doubleheader with the women’s pregame show set for 5 p.m. and then on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 for Saturday’s games also with the women’s pregame show first starting at 3 p.m. All games will be carried online at waynedailynews.com.
The Wildcat women will be looking to snap a four-game losing skid, sitting at 7-8 overall and sixth place in the NSIC South Division with a 4-7 league mark. St. Cloud State comes to Wayne at 12-3 overall and tied for first with UMD in the NSIC North at 10-2 who is 12-4 overall entering their road game at Augustana Friday night.
In the last games played during the 2019-20 season, SCSU and WSC split a pair of meetings with WSC winning in the regular season at St. Cloud 79-58 followed by a 75-62 Husky win one month later in the opening round of the NSIC Tournament in St. Cloud. UMD has won the last two meetings against WSC that includes a 77-54 win in Duluth two years ago.
The Wayne State men enter this weekend with records of 9-6 overall and third place in the NSIC South Division with a 6-3 league mark. The Huskies are 8-8 on the season and 4-5 in the NSIC North (fifth) while the 9th-ranked Bulldogs from UMD begin the weekend with the best record in the NSIC at 16-1 and 9-1 in the NSIC North Division (first place).
Last year, Wayne State College defeated St. Cloud State, 73-70 in the NSIC Tournament which marked the second win in the past three meetings for WSC. It’s been since February 8, 2020 that the Wildcats and Bulldogs last met which resulted in a 91-70 win for UMD in Duluth, Minnesota.