Wayne State men, women win at Univ. of Sioux Falls

Wayne State came up with a pair of road wins Saturday at University of Sioux Falls, with the women earning a 74-65 victory and the men coming out on top, 78-66.

In the women’s game, Wayne State outscored Sioux Falls 43-33 in the second half to improve to 11-4 overall and 5-2 in NSIC action.

The first period was a back-and-forth affair, with Wayne State responding to an early 7-3 deficit to take a late lead before Sioux Falls hit a 3-pointer at the end of the period to take an 18-16 advantage.

Wayne State took the lead early in the second quarter and kept it until the final minute of the half, when a layup from Mariah Szymanski with 37 seconds remaining in the half gave Sioux Falls a 32-31 lead at intermission.

Senior Kacie O’Connor caught fire in the third quarter as she scored 14 points to help Wayne State shoot 50 percent and give the Wildcats a 57-53 lead heading into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter saw the Wildcats never trail and build their lead to as much as 10 with 4:55 left in the game before going on to secure the win over the Cougars.

Senior Paige Ballinger led Wayne State with 14 points and 10 rebounds to record her first double-double of the season. O’Connor scored 14 points followed by Maggie Schulte and Maggie Lowe with 13 each. Kaely Hummel led Sioux Falls with 22 points followed by Mariah Szymanski with 18.

Wayne State outrebounded USF 48-32 with Ballinger recording 10 and Schulte with nine. Lowe and Schulte both had four assists and Schulte had two blocks.

In men’s action, Kendall Jacks and Trevin Joseph Jr. combined to score 43 points to help the Wildcats improve to 9-6 overall and 4-3 in the NSIC.

Wayne State took the lead early before the Cougars used a 7-0 run to claim their first lead, 13-12, with 12:47 remaining in the first half.

Both teams traded baskets before USF was able to use another scoring run to push their lead to eight at the 5:15 mark. Wayne State got as close as 32-28 after a Kendall Jacks layup before ending the half trailing 37-31.

The second half saw five ties and nine lead changes. Wayne State took their first lead of the half four minutes in after Vance Janssen made a layup to make the score 42-41. The teams battled back and forth before the Wildcats took their final lead of the game with 2:42 remaining and pulled away to earn the road victory.

Joseph led the Wildcat scoring attack with 22 points followed by Jacks with 21. Trevon Evans scored 22 points to lead the Cougars.

Jordan Cornelius grabbed seven rebounds for Wayne State. Jacks had five assists for the Wildcats while Vance Janssen had three steals.

Wayne State will play again Sunday afternoon at Southwest Minnesota State, with games at 2 and 4 p.m. in Marshall, Minn.

The Wayne Herald

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