MANKATO, MN – After confirming a negative COVID test late in the week, the Wayne State College women were able to open their NSIC South Division road weekend Saturday evening.
From the Taylor Center in Mankato, Minnesota, WSC visited Minnesota State-Mankato both Saturday and Sunday.
The Wildcat women split the weekend by picking up a Saturday win (84-79) before falling 84-71 on Sunday. WSC is now 2-4 overall (1-3 NSIC) while the Maverick women now sit 3-3 (2-2 NSIC).
Senior Halley Busse became the 22nd player in program history to record 1,000 points over the weekend as she now totals 1,015 following a 22-point weekend.
On Saturday, it was a back-and-forth first half where WSC led 19-17 after the first quarter and Minnesota State won the second quarter, 19-18. Wayne State held a one-point halftime lead (37-36). The ‘Cats then outscored the Mavericks 23-22 and 24-21 in the second half to win 84-79.
Senior Erin Norling paced the Wildcat women with 21 points and six assists (9-16 FG/3-7 3PT), followed by junior Kylie Hammer with 20 points and four assists (6-10 FG/0-3 3PT/8-9 FT) as junior Autumn Mlinar added 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds (6-10 FG/2-4 3PT).
Other scoring came from Busse with nine points, six assists and two steals, sophomore Josey Ryan tallied nine points, senior Brittany Bongartz (two steals) scored five points and had seven rebounds, junior Amelia Ivester had four points and sophomore Awoti Akoi finished with two points. Busse, Norling, Ryan and Akoi all had one block.
WSC finished 33-55 (60%) from the floor, 7-22 (31.8%) from the three-point line and 11-16 (68.8%) from the charity stripe.
Minnesota State was led by Rachel Shumski with 24 points and eight rebounds, Kristi Fett had 12 points and Tayla Stuttley added 10 points.
The Maverick women shot 30-80 (37.5%) from the field, 3-24 (12.5%) from behind the arc and 16-21 (76.5%) at the foul line.
1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:
19 18 37 23 24 84 – WSC
17 19 36 22 21 79 – Minnesota State
From the Sunday games, both teams registered a high-scoring first half with Minnesota State leading 50-42 at the break. The Mavericks then outscored WSC 16-13 in the third and 18-16 in the fourth to win 84-71.
Five Wildcats hit double figures led by Busse (5-8 FG/2-3 3PT/1-2 FT) and Ryan (6-10 FG/1-4 3PT) each with 13 points. Mlinar (4-12 FG/2-6 3PT/0-2 FT), Bongartz (5-9 FG) and Hammer (4-10 FG/0-1 3PT/2-4 FT) all had 10 points. Norling added seven points, Akoi finished with five points and freshman Annie Guentzel tallied three points.
Mlinar and Hammer paced the team in rebounding with seven boards each, Norling dished out a team-high three assists, seven different Wildcats recorded a steal and Bongartz finished with the lone block.
WSC finished 28-72 (38.9%) from the floor, 6-22 (27.3%) from the three-point line and 9-15 (60%) from the charity stripe.
Minnesota State was led by Maddy Olson and Mikayla Nachazel both with 17 points, Shumski added 12 points and Stuttley tallied 10 points.
The Maverick women shot 32-70 (45.7%) from the field, 6-19 (31.6%) from behind the arc and 14-16 (87.5%) at the foul line.
1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:
18 24 42 13 16 71 – WSC
23 27 50 16 18 84 – Minnesota State
The Wayne State College women will close out a four-game stretch of road games at Upper Iowa this Friday and Saturday, January 22 – 23.