Wildcat Men Open NSIC Schedule 1-0, Women Fall At Augustana; Janssen All-Time Rebounding Leading For WSC Men

SIOUX FALLS, SD – A full slate of NSIC basketball games took over Tuesday evening ahead of the holiday weekend.

From the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Wayne State College visited Augustana University.

The men’s contest was played first and favored Wayne State College over #18 Augustana, 69-61 while the Augie women picked up a 93-74 victory against WSC.

The Wildcat men improved to 4-1 (1-0 NSIC) while Augie fell to 2-3 (0-1 NSIC) as the Augie women are now 4-0 (1-0 NSIC) and WSC fell to 2-1 (0-1 NSIC).

During the men’s game, Wayne State College led at-most by 11 late in the first half and took a 29-21 lead into the break. Augie came out strong early in the second half and built a 10-point lead early. Both teams finished with 40 points each in the final 20 minutes as Wayne State College held onto the 69-61 victory.

Fifth year senior Jordan Janssen posted a double-double (7-10 FG/4-5 FT) with 18 points and 14 rebounds to go along with five assists. He surpasses Larry Coney (1958-62) as the all-time leader in career rebounds now at 976. Also, fifth year senior Nate Mohr became the 37th Wildcat in program history to surpass 1,000 career points (now at 1,001) with six points, one rebound and an assist Tuesday night.

Other double figure leaders came from sophomore Jay Saunders (4-12 FG/1-6 3PT/2-2 FT) with 11 points, five rebounds and two assists; sophomore Cody McCullough (3-6 FG/0-1 3PT/4-4 FT) added 10 points, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals as freshman David Harmon (3-5 FG/2-4 3PT/2-2 FT) took control late with 10 points, two rebounds, two steals and an assist.

Sophomore Noah Erickson (one rebound) tallied six points as sophomore Justin Eagins (three rebounds/an assist/two steals/a block) and fifth year senior Nick Farrarini (two rebounds/one assist) both had four points.

Wayne State College finished 24-55 (43.6%) from the field, 5-17 (29.4%) at the three-point line and 16-17 (94.1%) from the foul line.

Augustana double figure leaders came from Akoi Akoi (8-11 FG/2-2 3PT/1-1 FT) with 19 points and Ryan Miller (4-12 FG/2-4 3PT/4-4 FT) with 14 points as Isaac Fink hauled in 11 rebounds with nine points.

The Vikings shot 22-58 (37.9%) from the floor, 6-17 (35.3%) from behind the arc and 11-12 (91.7%) at the charity stripe.

Wayne State College outrebounded Augustana, 34-29 (8-8 offensive glass) as the Wildcats won the battle in the paint, 34-20.


In the women’s game, Augustana led 22-15 after the opening quarter and added a 22-19 scoring clip in the second to lead 44-34 at the break. The Vikings then pulled away with a 31-16 third quarter while WSC won the final quarter, 24-18. Augustana picked up the 93-74 win.

Senior Lauren Zacharias recorded a team-high 12 points (4-13 FG/2-5 3PT/2-2 FT), four rebounds and two assists among the 12 Wildcats who scored.

Sophomore Maya Fitzpatrick (six rebounds/two assists/two steals) added nine points; senior Logan Hughes (one rebound/one assist), sophomore Abby Kopecky (two rebounds/one assist) and sophomore Delaney Clark (three rebounds) all tallied eight points; junior Annie Guentzel (one rebound/one steal) tacked on seven points; sophomore Tate Norblade (four rebounds/three steals) finished with six points; freshman Rachel Dahlen (three rebounds/two assists), freshman Kylah Vandonkersgoed (three rebounds/one assist) and sophomore Brigid Boyle all recorded four points as senior Kassidy Pingel (four rebounds/one assist) and senior Ashley Gustavson (one assist) both had two points.

Sophomore Avery Kallman had two rebounds, freshman Meg Reitz added a rebound and an assist as freshman Emma Schweigart also saw playing time.

Wayne State College finished 27-70 (38.6%) from the field, 6-23 (26.1%) at the three-point line and 14-21 (66.7%) from the foul line.

Augustana was led by Aislinn Duffy who recorded a double-double (8-12 FG/1-3 3PT/2-2 FT) with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Other double figure scorers were Lauren Sees with 17 points, Michaela Jewett and Aby Phipps both with 14 points as Jennifer Aadland had 11 points.

The Vikings shot 34-62 (54.8%) from the floor, 5-15 (33.3%) from behind the arc and 20-22 (90.9%) at the charity stripe.

Augustana scored 26 points off 18 Wildcat turnovers (WSC had 14 points off 15 Augie TOs). The Vikings scored 52 points in the paint compared to 30 for Wayne State, Augie used a 24-7 advantage in fast breaks and held a slight lead in rebounding at 40-37 (WSC won the offensive boards at 17-9).

Both Wayne State College basketball teams will head their separate ways for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.


The Wildcat women will travel to Grand Junction, Colorado to face Fort Lewis and the host Colorado Mesa at the Holiday Inn-Airport Thanksgiving Classic on Friday and Saturday, November 25 – 26.

The Wayne State men will head east to St. Petersburg, Florida for the Eckerd Thanksgiving Classic and compete against University of Tampa and the host Eckerd College on Friday and Saturday, November 25 – 26.