Wildcats Go 0-4 On The Home Weekend

WAYNE – Entering the weekend, the Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams had only two losses on the home court. After the weekend, the home-loss total doubled.

From Rice Auditorium on the campus of Wayne State College, the ‘Cats entertained the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs Saturday.

In the women’s game, Wayne State built their largest lead of the game at three early in the first before UMD took the opening quarter 21-14. WSC kept close going into the locker room down 39-33. But, it was another slow start as the Bulldogs won both the third (23-13) and fourth (17-11) to win 79-57. Minnesota Duluth is now 16-5 (15-3 NSIC) as WSC fell to a three-way tie for fifth in the South with SMSU and Minnesota State-Mankato at 13-11 overall and 8-10 in league play.

WSC has now lost four straight, five of their last six games.

Brittany Bongartz went out with an injury at the end of the third quarter and scored 12 points in 14 minutes followed by Erin Norling with 11 points. Maggie Lowe and Halley Busse both scored nine points as Haley Vesey poured in six points. Other scoring came from Andrea Larson (four), Kylie Hammer (three), Taylor Reinter (two) and a point from Autumn Mlinar.

The ‘Cats finished 19-53 (35.8%) from the field, 5-13 (38.5%) from the three point line and 14-17 (82.4%) from the foul line.

Brooke Olson came off the bench for UMD and scored a team-high 18 points and eight rebounds. The starting post, Sarah Grow tallied 17 points and seven boards.

UMD shot 33-70 (47.1%) from the floor, 5-13 (38.5%) from behind the arc and 8-13 (61.5%) from the charity stripe.

Scoring by quarter:

1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:

21  18  39  23  17  79 – Minnesota Duluth

14  19  33  13  11  57 – Wayne State College

From the men’s game, both teams traded leads in the opening half which favored WSC 40-36. Just like the night before, WSC went on a scoring drought which allowed the Bulldogs to take control in the second half 41-32. Final saw Minnesota Duluth win 77-72 as UMD is now 14-8 (11-7 NSIC) while the ‘Cats fell to 17-7 (12-6 NSIC) dropping back-to-back games for the second time this season.

Kendall Jacks moved into sixth place in career-scoring with 19 points now at 1,511 points. Jordan Janssen followed with 14 points and a team-high eight boards, Vance Janssen added 12 points as Trevin Joseph poured in 11 points. Nick Ferrarini tallied eight points as Al’Tavius Jackson and Ben Dentlinger both scored four points off the bench.

WSC shot 27-65 (41.5 %) from the field, 5-17 (29.4%) from behind the arc and 13-19 (68.4%) from the foul line.

A pair double-doubles led Minnesota Duluth from Sean Burns with 22 points and 10 boards while Brandon Meyer poured in 19 points and 12 boards. Hunter Plamann (8-10 FT) tacked on 14 points as Logan Rohrscheib tallied 10 points.

The Bulldogs finished 26-51 (51%) from the floor, 6-17 (35.3%) from the three point line and 19-33 (57.6%) at the charity stripe.

Scoring by half:

1st 2nd Final:

36  41  77 – Minnesota Duluth

40  32  72 – Wayne State College

With two weekends left, the Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams close out their regular season road games on Friday and Saturday, February 15-16. WSC will visit Concordia-St. Paul on Friday at 5:30/7:30 p.m. as the ‘Cats are at Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday at 3:30/5:30 p.m.