Wildcats Split Saturday South Division Matchups

WAYNE – With three conference road games remaining in the month of December, the Wayne State College women and men were back at home to close out the back-to-back weekend series with another south division opponent.

From Rice Auditorium, WSC entertained Winona State University.

In the women’s contest, both teams scored 19 first quarter points before Wayne State used a 22-12 second quarter to lead 41-31 at the break. Winona State cut into the deficit with a 19-16 third and won the fourth quarter 26-16. Final saw the Warriors win 76-73 to improve to 7-0 (3-0 NSIC) while the ‘Cats saw their five-game winning streak snapped and fell to 6-2 (2-1 NSIC).

Both Brittany Bongartz (8-14 FG/0-2 3PT/2-2 FT) and Halley Busse (7-16 FG/3-8 3PT/1-1 FT) scored 18 points as Bongartz grabbed five rebounds and Busse had six boards and six assists. Erin Norling tallied 11 points (5-13 FG/0-4 3PT/1-2 FT), eight rebounds and three assists.

Other scoring came from Kylie Hammer with eight points, Autumn Mlinar added seven points, Josey Ryan tacked on six points and Lauren Zacharias finished with five points.

The Wildcat women shot 29-68 (42.6%) from the floor, 7-25 (28%) from behind the arc and 8-11 (72.7%) from the foul line.

The Warriors were led by bench players Caitlin Riley with 14 points and Taylor Klug with 13 points. Emily Kieck tallied 11 points.

Winona State finished 24-61 (39.3%) from the field, 8-24 (33.3%) from the three-point line and 20-23 (87%) from the charity stripe.


From the men’s game, Wayne State built a 9-0 lead before the Warriors answered back to tie the game at 11-11 early on. WSC kept the game close in the first half only trailing 30-27 at the break. In the second half, the Wildcats outscored WSU 43-33 to win 70-63. Wayne State College improves to 5-6 (2-1 NSIC) while Winona State fell to 3-6 (0-3 NSIC).

Jordan Janssen recorded his eighth double-double on the season with 28 points (9-12 FG/10-10 FT) and 14 rebounds to go along with five assists and two blocks. Nick Ferrarini followed with 12 points (4-8 FT/2-5 3PT/2-2 FT) while Nate Mohr scored 10 points (4-9 FT/1-3 3PT/1-1 FT) and two steals.

Other scoring came from Ben Dentlinger with eight points, Al’Tavius Jackson poured in seven points and Henry Penner tallied five points.

WSC shot 26-54 (48.1%) from the field, 5-20 (25%) from behind the arc and 13-13 (100%) from the foul line.

Winona State leaders were Kevion Tayler with 19 points, Devin Whitelow tallied 16 points and Caleb Wagner scored 15.

The Warriors finished 24-58 (41.4%) from the floor, 10-26 (38.5%) from the three-point line and 5-9 (55.6%) from the charity stripe.

The Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams will next visit Bemidji State on Friday, December 13 at 5:30/7:30 p.m. WSC will then visit Minnesota Crookston on Saturday, December 13 at 3:30/5:30 p.m. Pregame show coverage will be 30 minutes prior to the women’s game each night on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com.