WINONA, MN – For just the second time this season, the Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams took to the road for back-to-back conference games.
The weekend started in Winona, Minnesota Friday night as Wayne State competed with the Warriors.
During the women’s contest, teams traded opening quarter scores of 18-15 to be tied at the half 33-33. Winona State then started to pull away with a 23-13 third quarter as WSC brought the game back with in three points in the fourth before WSU pulled away to win 83-75. Winona State improves to 10-3 (6-3 NSIC) while the ‘Cats fell to 10-5 (5-4 NSIC).
The Wildcat women placed four in double figure scoring as Erin Norling (8-20 FG/1-5 3PT/4-4 FT) scored 21 points and nine rebounds to go along with five assists. Brittany Bongartz (7-15 FG/1-2 FT) grabbed three rebounds and Halley Busse (4-14 FG/2-8 3PT/5-6 FT) added three assists and both scored 15 points as Josey Ryan finished with 10 points and three assists (4-5 FG/2-2 3PT).
Other scoring came from Autumn Mlinar poured in six points while Kylie Hammer, Lauren Zacharias, Awoti Akoi and Kassidy Pingel all scored two points.
WSC shot 29-70 (41.4%) from the field, 7-21 (33.3%) from behind the arc and 10-12 (83.3%) at the foul line.
Winona State also saw four players in double figure scores paced by Taylor Hustad with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Emma Fee tallied 12 points, Emily Kieck recorded 11 points and 11 assists as Taylor Klug tacked on 11 points.
The Warriors finished 34-62 (54.8%) from the floor, 7-19 (36.8%) from the three-point line and 8-11 (72.7%) at the charity stripe.
From the men’s game, both teams went back and forth in the first half as Winona State led at-most by eight points with 8:05 left. At the break, the Warriors were up 33-32 before the ‘Cats won the second half scoring 38-37 forcing overtime at 70 all. Moving through the overtimes, both teams scored 13 points in the first and eight in the second. The ‘Cats then used an 11-6 third OT to win 102-97. WSC improves to 6-12 (3-6 NSIC) snapping a six-game losing streak and securing their first road win (1-10) as the Warriors fell to 7-8 (4-5 NSIC).
Wayne State leaders were Nick Ferrarini with a career-high 29 points (9-19 FG/4-8 3PT/7-7 FT); Jordan Janssen fouled out with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists (10-13/3-4 FT); Nate Mohr set a season-high 20 points (6-13 FG/2-4 3PT/6-7 FT) and Ben Dentlinger recorded a career-high 18 points to go along with eight boards (8-12 FG/1-3 3PT/1-1 FT).
Other scorers came from Al’Tavius Jackson with seven points, Henry Penner scored three points (two-point tip-in forces third OT) and Nate Thayer scored two points.
WSC shot 37-77 (48.1%) from the field, 7-20 (35%) from behind the arc and 21-25 (84%) at the foul line.
Three Warriors poured in double figures led by double-doubles from Kevion Taylor with 28 points and 10 rebounds as Andrea Lo Biondo tallied 23 points and 11 rebounds. Caleb Wagner tacked on 23 points.
The Warriors finished 35-77 (45.5%) from the floor, 10-36 (27.8%) from the three-point line and 17-30 (56.7%) at the charity stripe.
The Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams will next visit Upper Iowa Saturday at 3:30/5:30 p.m. Join Voice of the Wildcats, Aaron Scheffler on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com. Pregame coverage is set for 3 p.m.