WAYNE/MANKATO, MN – For the third straight weekend, the Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams will compete against the same opponent but at different locations.
This weekend will start a back-to-back stretch of home games for the Wildcat men (January 15 – 16) while the Wayne State women will remain on the road with this weekend’s games pushed back a day to January 16 – 17. The WSC women will be at Upper Iowa on January 22 – 23.
The Wayne State College women are 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the NSIC South while the Wildcat men enter the weekend 2-2 overall and 2-0 in divisional play.
The Wayne State women will visit Minnesota State-Mankato at the Taylor Center in Mankato, Minnesota now being played a day later due to COVID-19 related protocols at Wayne State. Game times are set for Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. The Wayne State men vs. Minnesota State-Mankato games will take place from Rice Auditorium on the campus of Wayne State College at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
MSU is 3-1 and 2-0 in divisional play on the men’s side. Last season, MSU and WSC met twice with each game decided by two points – WSC won 73-71 in Mankato while MSU won in Wayne in overtime 72-70.
A limited number of single-game tickets were made available to the public Thursday morning. All ticket purchases must be made in advance of the game through the Wayne State online ticket site at https://waynestatetickets.universitytickets.com/. Fans must purchase a ticket through the online site as no on-site ticket sales will be available at Rice Auditorium. All ticket prices are $10 per game with no differential rates for youth, adults or seniors.
Wildcat corporate sponsors should check their emails for their season ticket information or contact Megan Finn – Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Development (firstname.lastname@example.org). Once the event has reached capacity pertaining to occupancy limitations and is sold out an announcement will be made through Wayne State’s social media sites. A limited number of tickets will also be made available to WSC students.
Fans are still required to enter Rice Auditorium wearing a mask/face covering and should continue to wear a mask except when eating or drinking. All spectator seating will be restricted to the upper balcony of Rice Auditorium and there will be no access to the court level. Other spectator policies such as sitting in family groups and social distancing are still in place for all home basketball games in Rice Auditorium. Fans are also asked to exit the facility immediately following the game through the south or west doors of Rice Auditorium.
Join Voice of the Wildcats, Aaron Scheffler on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com with pregame show coverage of Wayne State men’s basketball at 6 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The Maverick women are 2-2 and 1-1 in division play entering this weekend. Last season, Minnesota State won both matchups over the Wildcats – 79-69 in Mankato and 93-80 in Wayne.