Minot State Women edge Wayne State Women 71 – 70

BISMARCK, ND – Friday night NSIC cross division basketball was put on full display with both Wayne State College basketball teams in action.

From the McDowell Activity Center in Bismarck, North Dakota, WSC visited University of Mary.

The Wayne State College men defeated University of Mary, 76-69 while the University of Mary women won 72-60 over WSC.

The Wildcat men are now 9-6 (6-3 NSIC) as University of Mary fell to 5-10 (4-6 NSIC) while the Marauder women improved to 10-9 (4-6) and WSC fell to 7-7 (4-6).

During the men’s game, University of Mary led early 37-32 in the first half before Wayne State College outscored the Marauders, 44-32 in the final 20 minutes. Final favored WSC, 76-69 as the Wildcats won their first road game of the season.

Wayne State College leaders were redshirt freshman Justin Eagins (8-14 FG/4-7 3PT/2-3 FT) with 22 points; freshman Cody McCullough (8-9 FG/1-1 FT) added a career-high 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds as junior Jordan Janssen (5-10 FG/2-2 FT) added 12 points.

Other scoring for WSC came from junior Nate Mohr with eight points, freshman Jay Saunders provided seven points, freshman Alec Millender finished with six points and nine assists as senior Ben Dentlinger and freshman Zach LaFave both score two points.

WSC shot 30-55 (54.5%) from the field, 7-15 (46.7%) from behind the arc and 9-12 (75%) from the foul line.

University of Mary was led in scoring by Kai Huntsberry with 24 points followed by Matthew Johnson with 12 points.

The Marauders finished 26-60 (43.3%) from the floor, 5-20 (25%) from the three-point line and 12-16 (75%) at the charity stripe.

Wayne State College scored four points off eight University of Mary turnovers while UMary had one point off 11 Wildcat turnovers. WSC won the battle in the paint (38-26), fast break scoring (11-7) and bench scoring (27-21). WSC out rebounded UMary, 33-29 (7-9 offensive) which led to 13 second chance scoring compared to four points by University of Mary.

In the women’s contest, University of Mary took the first quarter lead thanks to a 19-9 scoring clip while WSC answered with a 19-18 second. UMary led 37-28 at the break. The Marauders outscored Wayne State, 24-22 in the third and 11-10 in the fourth. Final favored University of Mary over WSC, 72-60 with the Marauders improve to 7-0 in Bismarck, ND.

Wayne State College leaders were senior Kylie Hammer (6-12 FG/1-2 3PT/4-6 FT) with 17 points; freshman Maya Fitzpatrick (4-9 FG/1-2 3PT/3-6 FT) added 12 points, three assists, three steals and a block; junior Lauren Zacharias (4-10 FG/2-8 3PT) had 10 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists as junior Logan Hughes (4-14 FG/2-5 3PT) finished with 10 points.

Other scoring came from freshman Abby Kopecky with five points as junior Kassidy Pingel (five rebounds), freshman Avery Kallman, freshman Brigid Boyle and freshman Tate Norblade all scored two points.

WSC shot 22-63 (34.9%) from the field, 6-19 (31.6%) from behind the arc and 10-16 (62.5%) from the foul line.

University of Mary was led in scoring by Macy Williams with 15 points, Reese Wishart added 14 points while Carly Kottsick and Addison Rozell (10 boards) both poured in 11 points.

The Marauders finished 25-55 (45.5%) from the floor, 8-23 (34.8%) from the three-point line and 14-20 (70%) at the charity stripe.

Wayne State College scored 10 points off 17 University of Mary turnovers while UMary had 18 points off 14 Wildcat turnovers. The Wildcats won the battle in the paint (32-28), while UMary won fast break scoring (6-3) and bench scoring (31-9). The Marauders out rebounded WSC, 42-32 (10-11 offensive) which led to nine second chance scoring compared to three points by WSC.

With the Wayne State College men back in Wayne due to COVID-19 protocols with the Minot State University men, WSC is off until Friday, January 21 and Saturday, January 22 next hosting St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth (men’s game second).

The Wildcat women will next visit Minot State University at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Pregame show coverage on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com is set for 5 p.m.

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