SPEARFISH, SD – With the next four games scheduled to be played at home for the Wayne State College women’s basketball team, WSC took on their second South Dakota opponent over the weekend.
After securing a second half comeback over South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Thursday (78-65), the ‘Cats visited Black Hills State Saturday evening.
From the Donald Young Center, Wayne State took the early lead of 19-14 in the opening quarter before extending their lead thanks to a 26-20 second. At the half, WSC led 45-34. In the third quarter, Black Hills State cut into the deficit with a 23-20 score but Wayne State pulled away in the fourth, 19-17. Final saw the Wildcat women pick up the 84-74 victory and mark their third straight win to now sit 4-1 while Black Hills State fell to 3-2.
Erin Norling recorded a double-double with 28 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks (10-18 FG/2-3 3PT/6-6 FT) followed by a 20-point performance from Kylie Hammer (7-13 FG/3-4 3PT/3-4 FT). Hammer also had three assists and two steals. Josey Ryan added 14 points, nine rebounds and three steals as Halley Bussey finished with 13 points and four assists.
Other scoring came from Brittany Bongartz with eight points and nine boards as Autumn Mlinar tallied a point. Haley Vesey picked up four rebounds.
WSC shot 27-64 (42.2%) from the field, 6-18 (33.3%) from behind the arc and 24-29 (82.8%) from the foul line.
Black Hills State was led in scoring by Racquel Wientjes with 21 points, Abby Switzer followed with 14 points and Morgan Ham added 13 points.
Black Hills State finished 26-65 (40%) from the floor, 9-27 (33.3%) from the three-point line and 13-20 (65%) from the free throw stripe.
The Wayne State women will next host Mount Marty College on Tuesday, November 26 to close out their non-conference play at 7 p.m. WSC will then open NSIC play on Saturday, November 30 against Augustana University as the women play at 3:30 p.m. and the men follow at 5:30 p.m. from Rice Auditorium.