WAYNE – With a road double header scheduled for next weekend, fans of the Wayne State College women’s basketball team were able to enjoy the season opener at home Friday night.
Apart of the MIAA/NSIC Crossover, WSC battled Northwest Missouri State as both teams saw offseason changes in the coaching staff.
The Wayne State women built a 17-12 first quarter lead before extending their margin to 40-26 at half. In the second half, WSC won the third quarter 21-18 before both teams tallied 14 fourth quarter points. Final found Wayne State College winning 75-58 to open their regular season at 1-0 for the 10th straight time as the Bearcats fell to 0-1.
The last season opener loss came in 2008 against Colorado Christian in the Colorado Mesa Tournament.
WSC was led by a career-high 21 points for Erin Norling to go along with seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. Other double-figure scoring came from Haley Vesey with 14 points and eight rebounds, 11 points and six boards by Halley Busse and Andrea Larson scored 10 points and six rebounds. Larson also tallied four steals as Taylor Reiner recorded three blocks.
The ‘Cats shot 29-56 (44.6%) from the floor, 5-16 (31.3%) from behind the arc and 12-19 (63.2%) from the foul line.
Kendey Eaton paced Northwest Missouri State with 17 points, five rebounds and eight assists as Jaelyn Haggard followed with 16 points. Mallory McConkey added 12 points and five rebounds.
The Bearcats finished 21-53 (39.6%) from the field, 7-18 (38.9%) behind the three-point line and 9-11 (81.8%) at the free throw line.
1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:
12 14 26 18 14 58 – Northwest Missouri State
17 23 40 21 14 75 – Wayne State College
Earlier in the night Minnesota Crookston (NSIC) defeated Nebraska-Kearney of the MIAA, 71-59.
The Wayne State women are back in action Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. to close out the MIAA/NSIC Crossover. WSC will host Nebraska-Kearney from Rice Auditorium.
Join Justin Raulston and Brady Bristol on 98.9 FM/AM 1590 The City and online at waynedailynews.com with pregame coverage on the Wildcat Sports Network is set for 5 p.m.