Wildcat Women Jump Ahead Early, SCSU Men Control First Half

ST. CLOUD, MN – The Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams took to the road in early February visiting NSIC North Division teams.

From Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, WSC visited St. Cloud State University Friday evening.

During the women’s contest, St. Cloud hit an early three before WSC scored 15 straight points. The ‘Cats led 21-10 after the opening quarter and took a 17-point lead into the locker room at 37-20. Wayne State then outscored SCSU 21-18 in the third and 21-20 in the fourth. Final saw Wayne State College won 79-58 to improve to 16-7 (11-6 NSIC) as the Huskies fell to 16-5 (13-4 NSIC).

Erin Norling paced Wayne State with 23 points and eight rebounds (10-20 FG/2-5 3PT/1-1 FT) while Halley Busse had 20 points, five assists and three steals (7-12 FG/4-8 3PT/2-3 FT). Kylie Hammer added 10 points off the bench (4-7 FG/1-3 3PT/1-1 FT).

Brittany Bongartz and Josey Ryan both tallied nine points as Autumn Mlinar and Haley Vesey each added four points.

The Wildcat women shot 32-62 (51.6%) from the field, 8-22 (36.4%) from behind the arc and 7-9 (77.8%) from the foul line.

Three Huskies posted double figure scoring led by Tori Wortz with 15 points and Madelin Dammann added 14 points. Nikki Kilboten recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards.

SCSU finished 20-63 (31.7%) from the floor, 8-27 (29.6%) from the three-point line and 10-14 (71.4%) from the charity stripe.


In the men’s game, St. Cloud State put together a 16-point scoring run late in the first half to go up 44-23. WSC kept the game close in the second half as the Huskies edged the ‘Cats in scoring, 46-45 to win 90-68. SCSU won their third straight to now sit 13-10 (10-7 NSIC) while Wayne State had their four-game winning streak snapped at 10-16 (7-10 NSIC).

Four Wildcats recorded double figures led by Jordan Janssen with 16 points (8-13 FG) while Al’Tavius Jackson added 13 points (6-12 FG/1-2 3PT/0-1 FT) and four assists. Nick Ferrarini followed with 11 points (4-10 FG/2-3 3PT/1-1 FT) as Nate Mohr had 10 points, two steals and four assists (3-12 FG/2-8 3PT/2-2 FT).

Other scoring came from Henry Penner with seven points, Isiah Burd tallied five points, Nate Thayer had four points as Ben Dentlinger tacked on two points, two steals, two blocks and six rebounds.

The Wildcat men shot 29-62 (46.8%) from the field, 7-17 (41.2%) from behind the arc and 3-4 (75%) from the foul line.

Trevon Marshal poured in 32 points followed by Anthony Roberts with 26 points and eight boards for St. Cloud State.

SCSU finished 29-52 (55.8%) from the floor, 10-21 (47.6%) from the three-point line and 22-28 (78.6%) from the charity stripe.

The Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams will next visit Minnesota Duluth on Saturday, February 8 at 3:30/5:30 p.m. Join Voice of the Wildcats, Aaron Scheffler on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com with pregame coverage starting just after 3 p.m.