Wildcats end California trip with easy win

After shooting less than 40 percent in their first two games, the Wayne State women’s basketball team burned the nets at a 55.6 percent clip to roll past Wisconsin-Parkside 99-56 Sunday in their final game at the Division II Tip Off Classic in Orange, Calif.

Wayne State jumped out to a 32-13 first quarter lead, never trailing in the contest. The Wildcats were a white-hot 14-of-19 from the field in the opening frame, highlighted by 11 points from Kacie O’Connor, to take control early.

The Wildcats maintained a sizeable lead in the second quarter and finished the first half with a 52-27 lead. Freshman forward Erin Norling was a perfect 4-for-4 in the second quarter and had a 7-for-7 first half shooting while pacing the Wildcats with 15 points.

The third quarter saw Wayne State outscore UWP 29-10 to take a commanding 81-37 lead after three quarters. Senior forward Maggie Schulte poured in 11 third-quarter points, going 3-for-3 from behind the arc, to lead the Wildcats.

Reserves dominated play in the fourth quarter as Wayne State saw 12 different players score in the contest as they came away with the easy 43-point blowout win.

Norling led a balanced scoring attack for the Wildcats with 19 points, going 9-of-11 from the field.  She also had six assists. Junior reserve forward Andrea Larson followed with 14 points with Schulte and O’Connor also reached double digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Wisconsin-Parkside’s top scorer was Carolina Rahkonen with 12 points followed by Ali Bettencourt with 10.

Wayne State held a 44-41 edge in rebounding over the Rangers thanks to seven boards from Paige Ballinger and six by Brittany Bongartz. Norling and Maggie Lowe each had six assists while Lowe was credited with four of Wayne State’s 12 steals.

Wayne State (2-1) resumes play on Saturday, Nov. 11 with a 4 p.m. game at Nebraska-Kearney, followed by a Monday, Nov. 13 contest at UC-Colorado Springs at 4 p.m.

The Wayne Herald

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