WAYNE – With the shortened NSIC basketball season to begin in a couple of weeks, officials with the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota began with the women’s division for preseason announcements.
According to a release from the NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the Wayne State College women’s basketball team was voted to finish tied for fifth in the south division. Also, senior forward Erin Norling was selected as the Preseason NSIC South Division Player of the Year.
The league will only crown a division champion from the North and South and play a 16-game schedule over an eight-week period with women’s and men’s teams playing the same opponents but at different locations.
Wayne State College returns all five starters from last year’s team that finished 16-13 overall and 11-11 in the NSIC South Division.
Minnesota State-Mankato was the selection as the team to beat in the NSIC South Division with 43 points and three first-place votes. Augustana and Winona State tied for second with each team collecting 35 points and two first-place tallies. Sioux Falls was fourth at 27 points and the remaining first-place vote while WSC and SMSU tied for fifth with 26 points apiece. Concordia-St. Paul (25) and Upper Iowa (7) round out the NSIC South Division poll.
Minnesota Duluth was a unanimous choice to claim top honors in the NSIC North Division this year with 49 points and seven first-place votes. St. Cloud State was second at 41 points with MSU Moorhead (remaining first-place vote) third at 37 points. Rounding out the NSIC North Division are University of Mary (32), Northern State (23), Bemidji State (22), Minot State (11) and Minnesota Crookston (7).
Norling, a 5-11 senior forward from Loretto, Minnesota (Delano HS), was voted the NSIC South Division Preseason Player of the Year and the Wildcat to Watch in the NSIC this season. Last year, Norling earned a second consecutive First Team All-NSIC selection after averaging 19.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. She scored double figures in every contest last season, including 15 games of 20 or more points, and ranked second in the NSIC in scoring and fourth in rebounding. Norling became the 21st player in school history to reach 1,000 points last season and enters this year 12th in all-time scoring with 1,336 points.
Wayne State College is scheduled to open the 2020-21 season on Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3 at Northern State University while the men host NSU.
Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedsailynews.com a part of the Wildcat Sports Network will only be able to carry all home WSC games this season.
Saturday and Sunday, January 2-3: WSC men vs. Northern State at 3:30/1:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, January 8 – 9: WSC women vs. Concordia-St. Paul at 6:30/2:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, January 15 – 16: WSC men vs. Minnesota State-Mankato at 6:30/2:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, January 22 – 23: WSC men vs. Upper Iowa at 6:30/2:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, January 29 – 30: WSC women vs. Winona State at 6:30/2:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, February 5 – 6: WSC men vs. Sioux Falls at 6:30/2:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, February 12 – 13: WSC women vs. Southwest Minnesota State at 6:30/2:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, February, February 19 – 20: WSC women vs. Augustana at 6:30/2:30 p.m.