Wildcat Men Take Control Of Concordia-St. Paul, Wayne State Women Use Dominant Foul Shooting For Home Sweep

WAYNE – As a winter storm rolled into the region, Wayne State College men’s and women’s basketball teams were back on the hardwood Friday night.

From Rice Auditorium in Wayne, WSC welcomed in Concordia-St. Paul for a NSIC South Division showdown.

The Wayne State men held CSP to a season-low in scoring during a 60-41 victory while the Wildcat women made clutch foul shots all night to win 75-70 over the Golden Bears.

The Wayne State College men improved their records to 6-4 (3-1 South) and 6-1 at Rice Auditorium while Concordia-St. Paul dropped their ninth straight falling to 1-9 (0-4 South). In the women’s game, WSC is now 6-2 (3-1 South) and 5-1 at Rice as CSP fell to 6-2 (2-2 South).

In the men’s game, Wayne State College went on a 25 point scoring run to lead 39-18 at the break. Concordia-St. Paul then edged the ‘Cats in the final 20 minutes, 23-21. Final favored WSC, 60-41.

Wayne State double figure scoring came from redshirt freshman Justin Eagins with 14 points and two steals (6-14 FG/0-2 3PT/2-2 FT); freshman Alec Millender with 14 points (5-9 FG/2-4 3PT/2-2 FT) as well as junior Jordan Janssen with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go along with three assists and two steals (6-12 FG/1-2 FT). Janssen moved to 10th all-time in scoring with 1,369 points while also recording his 41st career double-doubles in 91 games.

Other scoring came from freshman Jay Saunders with five points; senior Ben Dentlinger (recorded 140th career block), junior Nate Thayer and freshman Cody McCullough (seven boards) all scored four points as freshman Zach LaFave added two points.

The Wildcats shot 26-61 (42.6%) from the field, 3-12 (25%) from the three-point line and 5-8 (62.5%) from the foul line.

The Golden Bears were led by Elijah Ormiston with 24 points.

Concordia-St. Paul finished 15-53 (28.3%) from the floor, 3-21 (14.3%) from behind the arc and 8-11 (72.7%) at the charity stripe.

Wayne State scored 15 points off of 11 Golden Bear turnovers while CSP scored seven points off of nine Wildcat turnovers. Wayne State won the battle in the paint (32-20), fast break scoring (8-6) as CSP won the bench points (12-10). The Wildcats out rebounded Concordia-St. Paul, 43-28 (5-2 offensive) which led to seven second chance points compared to none from CSP.


During the women’s contest, Concordia-St. Paul held an early first quarter advantage of 16-15 before outscoring WSC, 20-19 in the second. At the break, the Golden Bears led 36-34. CSP then added to their lead with an 18-17 third before Wayne State took control in the fourth, 24-16. The Wildcats secured the home victory of 75-70.

Wayne State double figure scoring came from junior Lauren Zacharias with a career-high 22 points, eight rebounds and two assists (6-12 FG/3-6 3PT/7-11 FT); junior Kassidy Pingel with a career-high 18 points, nine rebounds and three steals (5-10 FG/1-4 3PT/7-7 FT) as senior Kylie Hammer poured in 16 points (5-13 FG/0-1 3 PT/6-6 FT).

Other scoring came from junior Logan Hughes with seven points; freshman Maya Fitzpatrick with four points, three steals and two blocks; freshmen Abby Kopecky and Delaney Clark both hit a three pointer as freshman Tate Norblade scored two points.

The Wildcats shot 22-54 (40.7%) from the field, 7-22 (31.8%) from the three-point line and 24-28 (85.7%) from the foul line.


Golden Bear leaders were Jadyn Hanson with 19 points; Lindsey Becher added 12 points and four blocks as 11 point scoring came from Meghan DuBois and Riley Wheatcraft (11 rebounds).

Concordia-St. Paul finished 23-63 (36.5%) from the floor, 7-24 (29.2%) from behind the arc and  17-26 (65.4%) at the charity stripe.

Wayne State scored 12 points off of 15 Golden Bears turnovers while CSP scored 22 points off of 16 Wildcat turnovers. Concordia-St. Paul won the battle in the paint (32-30), fast break scoring (19-11) as both teams were even in bench points (8-8). The Golden Bears out rebounded, 38-36 (12-6 offensive) which led to 13 second chance points compared to eight from the ‘Cats.


The Wayne State College men’s and women’s basketball team will welcome in Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday, December 11 at 3:30/5:30 p.m. Pregame show coverage on The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590 and waynedailynews.com is set for 3 p.m. The Minnesota State men are rated #25 in the coaches poll and suffered an 83-50 road loss at Augustana while the Minnesota State women won 91-86 over Augie in OT.