WAYNE – Despite snow and wind throughout the day and into the evening, a cross division conference basketball doubleheader carried on inside the confines of Rice Auditorium.
The Wayne State women and men entertained MSU Moorhead Friday evening.
During the women’s contest, WSC caught fire early with a 10-point scoring run in the first to lead 31-10. The ‘Cats then took their largest lead of the game (28 points) with 7:06 to play in the quarter as the Dragons posted a 16-15 second. At the break, WSC led 46-26. MSU Moorhead then started to mount their comeback with a 27-11 third quarter and in the fourth took the lead back at-most by two points. WSC was able to outscore the Dragons 21-20 and hold on for the 78-73 win. Wayne State improves to 12-5 (7-4 NSIC) as MSU Moorhead fell to 13-5 (8-3 NSIC).
Erin Norling recorded her 35th straight game of scoring double figures and fourth double-double of her junior campaign with 20 points and 10 rebounds (9-21 FG/2-7 3PT/0-3 FT). She also added two assists, two steals and two blocks.
Halley Busse poured in 19 points to go along with four assists and four steals (5-13 FG/4-6 3PT/5-5 FT) as Kylie Hammer scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds off the bench (5-8 FG/2-3 3PT). Josey Ryan (five boards) and Brittany Bongartz (four boards) both scored eight points, Autumn Mlinar added five points as Haley Vesey, Lauren Zacharias and Taylor Wangerin all tallied two points.
The ‘Cats shot 27-64 (42.2%) from the field, 10-22 (45.5%) from behind the arc and 14-18 (77.8%) at the foul line.
MSU Moorhead was led by Peyton Boom with 22 points and nine rebounds while Megan Hintz recorded a double-double with points and 10 rebounds.
MSU Moorhead finished 26-70 (37.1%) from the floor, 8-28 (28.6%) from the three-point line and 13-19 (68.4%) at the charity stripe.
From the men’s game, both teams scored early with an 8-8 game before the Dragons went on a 14-point scoring run five minutes into the game going up 12. WSC cut the game to nine at 48-39 going into the locker room. In the second half, WSC would get as close as two points and a single possession multiple times but MSU Moorhead outscored Wayne State, 34-32 in the half. Final saw MSU Moorhead win 82-71 to improve to 10-7 overall and 6-5 in league play while WSC dropped their third straight home game to now sit 6-14 (3-8 NSIC).
Jordan Janssen paced Wayne State in scoring with 21 points and seven rebounds to go along with three assists (10-11 FG/1-1 FT) while Nate Mohr followed with 12 points (5-13 FG/0-4 3PT/2-2 FT). Nick Ferrarini scored 11 points (3-9 FG/0-2 3PT/5-6 FT) as Nate Thayer provided 10 points off the bench (4-8 FG/2-3 3PT).
Other scoring came from Henry Penner with eight points, Al’Tavius Jackson tacked on seven points and Ben Denlinger grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds to go along with two points.
The ‘Cats shot 29-61 (47.5%) from the field, 4-12 (33.3%) from behind the arc and 9-12 (75%) at the foul line.
The Dragons used a pair of 20-point scorers led by Gavin Baumgartner with 24 points and nine rebounds as Jack Rusch poured in 20 points. Johnny Beeninga tacked on 10 points.
MSU Moorhead finished 25-58 (43.1%) from the floor, 6-20 (30%) from the three-point line and 26-34 (76.5%) at the charity stripe.
The Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams are scheduled to be back on the court Saturday hosting Northern State pending weather. Game times are 3:30 p.m. for the women and 5:30 p.m. for the men. Join Voice of the Wildcats, Aaron Scheffler on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com with pregame coverage set for 3 p.m.