WAYNE – Both the Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams began their home schedule with a pair of non-conference in-state teams Wednesday evening.
From Rice Auditorium, nearly 800 fans were in attendance for Wildcat basketball.
In the women’s contest, WSC entertained Peru State College and jumped ahead early thanks to a 26-10 first quarter and 28-6 second. Out of the halftime lead of 54-16, PSC doubled their score but WSC still won the third quarter 20-16 before the Bobcats won the fourth (17-12). Final saw Wayne State College win 86-49 to improve to 2-1 while it was an exhibition contest for Peru State College.
Erin Norling led all scorers with 20 points (8-16 FG/1-1 3PT/3-4 FT), six rebounds and three blocks followed by Kylie Hammer with 13 points (5-9 FG/0-1 3PT/3-4 FT) and two assists. Other double figure totals came from Brittany Bongartz with 11 points (5-6 FG/1-2 FT) to go along with nine rebounds and three blocks as well as Lauren Zacharias with 10 points (3-5 FG/1-2 3PT/3-4 FT), six boards and three assists.
WSC shot 32-61 (52.5%) from the floor, 5-11 (45.5%) from behind the arc and 17-26 (65.4%) from the foul line.
During the men’s outing against Nebraska Christian College, the ‘Cats built a 39-20 halftime lead and won the second half 41-34. Wayne State snapped a six-game losing streak dating back to last season and improved to 1-5 on the season as it was also an exhibition game for NCC.
Jordan Janssen went off for a double-double with 25 points (9-14 FG/7-11 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks followed by a pair of 11 points scorers from Nick Ferrarini (5-11 FG/1-6 3PT) with six assists and four steals and Nate Mohr (4-6 FG/3-5 3PT) with four rebounds and three assists. Al’Tavius Jackson (4-8 FG/0-2 3PT/2-3 FT) had 10 points and five rebounds while Ben Dentlinger (3-4 FG/4-4 FT) added 10 points and six rebounds.
The ‘Cats went 30-56 (53.6%) from the field, 6-17 (35.3%) from the three-point line and 14-22 (63.6%) from the charity stripe.
The Wayne State women will be off until traveling to the Black Hills in South Dakota to face opponents of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City on Thursday, November 21 and Black Hills State in Spearfish on Saturday, November 23.
For the Wildcat men, they’ll continue a stretch of five home games in their next six outings against Concordia (NE) on Tuesday, November 19 at 7 p.m.