WAYNE – Following a home loss to open 2020 Friday night, the Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams were looking to get back on the winning track.
From Rice Auditorium on the campus of Wayne State College, the Saturday games also saw those who participated in the Junior Cats Clinic on January 1 attend and get autographs from the players.
WSC hosted Southwest Minnesota State.
In the women’s game, Wayne State took the early 28-17 first quarter lead before the Mustangs cut into the deficit trailing 45-36 entering half. WSC then started to build some momentum with an 18-11 third quarter and 16-15 fourth. Final saw, Wayne State win 79-62 to improve to 10-4 (5-3 NSIC) as SMSU fell to 6-7 (1-7 NSIC). It also marked the 21st straight win over Southwest for the ‘Cats.
Four Wildcats hit double figure scoring led by Erin Norling with 21 points and four assists (8-15 FG/3-3 3PT/2-2 FT). Halley Busse added 14 points and four assists (5-11 FG/1-6 3PT/3-3 FT), Kylie Hammer provided 13 bench points (4-7 FG/1-2 3PT/4-4 FT) and Josey Ryan poured in 12 points (5-10 FG/2-3 3PT).
Other scoring came from Brittany Bongartz scoring eight points and grabbing a team-high seven rebounds, Lauren Zacharias tallied seven points and three assists as Autumn Mlinar and Selena Shady both scored two points. Haley Vesey also tacked on five rebounds and a team-high two steals.
Wayne State finished 30-67 (44.8%) from the field, 8-21 (38.1%) from the three-point line and 11-13 (84.6%) at the charity stripe.
Three Mustangs recorded double figure scoring as Abuk Akoi and Meleah Reinhart both tallied 15 points as Sadie Stelter tacked on 11 points.
The Mustang women shot 21-61 (34.4%) from the floor, 2-17 (11.8%) from behind the arc and 18-24 (75%) at the foul line.
From the men’s contest, WSC had a 10-point lead at the 10:13 mark of the first half before SMSU took a 33-32 lead going into the locker room. Wayne State stayed close the entire second half and were within a point with 2.3 second lefts down 60-59. The Mustangs hit two foul shots and the ‘Cats saw their inbound pass stolen to fall 62-59. Southwest Minnesota State improves to 5-9 (2-6 NSIC) while Wayne State College fell to 5-12 (2-6 NSIC) and dropped their sixth straight game.
Jordan Janssen secured his 10th double-double of the season on back-to-back nights with 25 points and 11 rebounds to go along with three steals (8-17 FG/9-12 FT) while Nate Mohr added 10 points (4-8 FG/2-4 3PT).
Other scoring came from Nick Ferrarini with six points, Henry Penner poured in five points, Al’Tavius Jackson (three assists/three steals/two blocks) and Tramarcus Levi both scored four points, Ben Dentlinger added three points as Obi Patrick tallied two points and two assists.
Wayne State finished 21-60 (35%) from the field, 4-12 (33.3%) from the three-point line and 13-18 (72.2%) at the charity stripe.
SMSU saw two players pour in double figures led by a double-double performance from Kenny Byers with 24 points and 11 rebounds while Andy Stafford tallied 13 points.
The Mustang men shot 22-52 (42.3%) from the floor, 7-15 (46.7%) from behind the arc and 11-16 (68.8%) at the foul line.
The Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams will next visit Winona State and Upper Iowa on Friday, January 10 (5:30/7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, January 11 (3:30/5:30 p.m.). Join Voice of the Wildcats, Aaron Scheffler on The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590 for Friday’s coverage starting at 5 p.m. and Saturday’s games will be carried on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 starting at 3 p.m. All games on the Wildcat Sports Network can also be heard online at waynedailynews.com.