Wayne State women post easy win over UC-Colorado Springs

Wayne State needed overtime to beat Colorado-Colorado Springs on the road two weeks ago.

There would be no need for overtime on Sunday.

The Wildcats led from start to finish, building a 22-8 first quarter lead on their way to an easy 74-51 win over the Mountain Lions in the second matchup between the teams Sunday afternoon at Rice Auditorium.

The Wildcats never trailed in the contest, building a 15-4 lead less than seven minutes into the contest and going 7-for-12 from the field to take a 22-8 lead after one quarter.

The Wildcats would maintain a double-digit lead throughout the end of the first half, and Erin Norling’s layup in the closing seconds make it a 42-23 Wildcat advantage at intermission.

Wayne State continued to extend their lead in the second half, leading by as many as 24 before coming away with a 23-point win to drop the visiting Mountain Lions to 0-5 on the season.

Norling led 12 different Wildcat players who scored in the contest with a game-high 15 points, going 6-of-7 from the field and 3-for-4 at the charity stripe. Brittany Bongartz also hit double digits with 13 points off the bench, going 5-of-8 from the field and 3-of-5 at the free throw line.

Shanah Leaf was the lone player for UC-Colorado Springs in double figures with 11 points followed by Maddie Golla with nine.

Wayne State won the rebounding battle over UCCS 43-27 thanks to nine caroms from Maggie Schulte and six by Andrea Larson. Halley Busse had six of Wayne State’s 15 assists and also led the team in steals with three.

The Wildcats (6-3, 0-1 NSIC) return to Northern Sun Conference play next weekend with road trips to Minnesota State Friday at 6 p.m. and Concordia-St. Paul Saturday at 4 p.m.

The Wayne Herald

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