WAYNE – As three weeks are left on the NSIC regular season schedule, the Wayne State College women recently split just their second weekend on the home court.
From Rice Auditorium, Wayne State hosted Winona State University this past Friday and Saturday.
The ‘Cats lost the Friday night game 75-70 but answered with a Saturday victory, 72-61. WSC improves to 5-5 (4-4 NSIC) while the Warriors are now 1-5 (1-4 NSIC).
Wayne State took the early 22-19 lead in the first before Winona State posted a 16-9 second to lead 35-31 at the break. WSC dominated the third quarter 24-14 and outscored the Warriors 17-12 in the fourth to win 72-61.
A trio of Wildcats scored double figures led by senior Erin Norling with 20 points and eight boards (7-18 FG/4-8 3PT/2-2 FT) as well as fellow senior Halley Busse who matched with 20 points, six assists and four steals (6-10 FG/2-3 3PT/6-7 FT). Junior Autumn Mlinar added 13 points (5-9 FG/3-6 3PT/0-1 FT).
Other scoring came from sophomore Josey Ryan with eight points, five boards and four assists, junior Kylie Hammer recorded seven points and six boards as sophomore Kassidy Pingel and Awoti Akoi both had two points.
WSC shot 25-57 (43.9%) from the floor, 11-24 (45.8%) from the three-point line and 11-14 (78.6%) at the foul line.
Warriors leaders were Mattie Schimenz with 20 points and Caitlin Riley had 13 points.
WSU finished 22-51 (43.1%) from the field, 5-21 (23.8%) from behind the arc and 12-15 (80%) from the charity stripe.
1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:
19 16 35 14 12 61 – WSU
22 9 31 24 17 72 – WSC
The Wayne State College women will next visit Sioux Falls this weekend at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 5 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 6.