CHADRON – With NSIC play to begin next Tuesday, the Wayne State College women’s basketball team competed in their second non-conference outing of the 2022-23 season.
From the Chicoine Center in Chadron, the Wildcat women visited Chadron State College Wednesday evening.
The Wildcats went +14 in the third quarter scoring to hold onto the 84-71 road victory. WSC is now 2-0 on the season, picking up their 14th straight win over Chadron State while the Eagles fell to 0-3.
Chadron State College jumped ahead early 23-21 in the opening quarter before WSC chipped away with a 21-15 advantage in the second quarter. The Wildcats held a 42-38 lead at the break. In the third quarter, Wayne State College outscored the Eagles, 29-15 while Chadron State won the fourth quarter scoring, 18-13.
Final favored Wayne State College, 84-71.
Senior Lauren Zacharias recorded a team-high 17 points (6-14 FG/3-7 3PT/2-2 FT), eight rebounds, five assists and one steal; sophomore Delaney Clark added 14 points (5-9 FG/4-8 3PT), one rebound and one assist; senior Kassidy Pingel tallied 13 points (5-8 FG/2-5 3PT/1-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one steal as sophomore Maya Fitzpatrick had 10 points (2-4 FG/1-1 3PT/5-5 FT), three rebounds and four steals.
Other scoring came from junior Annie Guentzel (two rebounds) with eight points; freshman Rachel Dahlen (four rebounds/one steal/three blocks) and senior Logan Hughes (three rebounds/one steal) both with six points; sophomore Tate Norblade (three rebounds/one assist/three steals) with four points; sophomore Abby Kopecky (three rebounds/two assists/two steals) with three points; freshman Kylah Vandonkersgoed (two rebounds) with two points as senior Ashley Gustavson (one assist) tacked on a point. Freshman Meg Reitz also had one assist.
Wayne State College shot 28-72 (38.9%) from the field, 11-31 (35.5%) from behind the arc and 17-24 (70.8%) at the foul line.
Chadron State College leaders were Ashayla Powers who posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds (6-12 FG/8-10 FT) while Kyra Tanabe (5-12 FG/2-6 3PT) added 12 points and Samiyah Worrell (3-6 FG/2-3 3PT/2-4 FT) had 10 points.
The Eagles finished 24-57 (42.1%) from the floor, 6-14 (42.9%) from the three-point line and 17-26 (65.4%) from the charity stripe.
There were four ties and three lead changes.
Wayne State College scored 18 points off of 25 Chadron State turnovers.
The Wayne State College women’s basketball team will be off until Tuesday, November 22 when WSC opens NSIC play at Augustana University. The men’s game will tipoff first at 5:30 p.m. followed by the women’s game around 7:30 p.m. Pregame coverage on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com will be set for 5 p.m.