Winona State Women Hold Off Late Rally From Wayne State

WAYNE – Following a 3-1 stretch of road games the past two weekends, the Wayne State College women’s basketball team began a home weekend with a Friday night loss.

From Rice Auditorium, WSC welcomed in NSIC South Division foe Winona State University.

After building multiple 10-point leads, the Winona State women held off the late rally from WSC, 75-70. The Warriors won their first game of the year improving to 1-4 (1-3 NSIC) while WSC fell to 4-5 (3-4 NSIC).

Both teams were tied at 22 all in the first quarter before Winona State took a three-point lead into the locker room, 40-37. WSU outscored the ‘Cats, 18-13 in the third before WSC would remain close thanks to a 20-17 fourth quarter. Final again favored Winona State University, 75-70.

Seniors Erin Norling (9-18 FG/1-4 3PT/2-3 FT) and Halley Busse (7-20 FG/4-12 3PT/3-4 FT) led Wayne State with 21 points each. Sophomore Josey Ryan added 12 points (5-11 FG/1-4 3PT/1-1 FT) and junior Kylie Hammer poured in 10 bench points (3-8 FG/1-3 3PT/3-4 FT).

Other scoring came from junior Autumn Mlinar with four points and sophomore Kassidy Pingel with two points. Assist leaders went to Ryan, Busse, Norling and senior Brittany Bongartz with three each. Norling also grabbed a team-high nine boards and recorded four steals.

WSC shot 27-68 (39.7%) from the field, 7-26 (26.9%) from the three-point line and 9-12 (75%) from the foul line.

Winona State leaders came from Taylor Hustad who recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Emma Fee added 16 points. Sydney Lodermeier tallied 15 points as Mattie Schimenz and Ava Sergio finished with 10 points each.

The Warriors finished 28-54 (51.9%) from the floor, 6-18 (33.3%) from behind the arc and 13-19 (68.4%) at the charity stripe.

1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:

22  18  40  18  17  75 – Winona State

22  15  37  13  20  70 – Wayne State

The Wayne State College women will close out the two-game home weekend Saturday at 2:30 p.m. hosting Winona State University. Join Voice of the Wildcats, Aaron Scheffler on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and with pregame coverage set for 2 p.m.