Wildcats cruise to win in women's home opener

Sophomore guard Evelyn Knox poured in a career-high 15 points to lead Wayne State in a 89-52 non-conference women’s college basketball win Thursday over Graceland University of Iowa at Rice Auditorium.

Wayne State never trailed in the contest, taking a 17-7 lead just under eight minutes into the contest before finishing the first quarter with a 22-11 advantage.

The Wildcats outscored the Yellowjackets 25-9 in the second quarter to take a 47-20 lead at intermission, canning 5-of-10 3-pointers to help increase the lead.

The third quarter saw the Wildcats take a 73-29 lead after producing a 26-point third quarter. Reserves dominated the play in the fourth quarter as the Wildcats ended with the 37-point victory.

Knox was one of 12 Wildcat players to score and had 15 points to lead Wayne State.  Freshman guard Halley Busse added 12 points with senior center Paige Ballinger scoring 10. Alexis Matthews-Fells paced Graceland with 16 points followed by Kailey Boden with 15.

The Yellowjackets held a 41-32 edge in rebounding over the Wildcats thanks to eight rebounds from Jaycee Cleaver while Wayne State’s top rebounder was Maggie Schulte with six.

Maggie Lowe had five of Wayne State’s 21 assists in the game while Ballinger was credited with four blocked shots.

The Wildcats (4-2) will be at home again Monday evening, hosting Augustana in the Northern Sun Conference opener with tip off set for 6 p.m. in Rice Auditorium.

The Wayne Herald

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