Wildcat women breeze to win, men fall to Upper Iowa
The Wayne State women continued to play solid defense on Saturday with a dominating win over Upper Iowa, while the Wildcat men came up short in their home matchup with the Peacocks.
For the second straight night, the Wayne State women held their opponent under 25 percent shooting, cruising to an easy 89-55 win to improve to 16-6 overall and 10-4 in the conference.
It was tied early on before the Wildcats used an 11-0 run to help build a 28-11 first-quarter advantage, shooting 11-of-15 from the field in the opening period.
Wayne State continued to build on their lead, taking a 48-23 advantage at the half and the reserves took it from there to coast to the easy win.
Freshman guard Halley Busse led the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points followed by Paige Ballinger with 10. Andrea Larson hauled in seven boards for the Wildcats followed by Amanda Brainerd with six. Ballinger had four of Wayne State’s 20 assists in the game and had three of the Wildcats’ five blocked shots.
In the men’s game, the Peacocks hit 11 3-pointers and left town with an 84-76 win over Wayne State, dropping the Wildcats to 11-11 overall and 6-8 in conference play.
Wayne State led early in the game, going up 7-4 following a Vance Janssen 3-pointer and taking their final lead of the half at 9-7 on a Kendall Jacks layup five minutes into the contest.
Upper Iowa responded with a 15-4 run and took a 22-13 lead and built their first double-digit lead of the night at 26-16 with 6:54 to play in the half. They led by as many as 17 before the Wildcats were able to close to within 10 at 41-31 on a JJ Zumbrennen trey with two seconds left before intermission.
Wayne State’s first basket of the second half was an alley-oop dunk to junior Kendall Jacks, giving him 1,000 points for his career. The Bettendorf, Iowa native is now the 32nd player in school history to reach the milestone mark.
UIU took its biggest lead of the second half at 47-33 with 18:09 remaining. The Wildcats battled back and forced the game’s fifth and final tie at 54-54 on a Tony Bonner layup, then followed that with a Jacks layup to take a 56-54 advantage.
The Peacocks used the 3-pointer to take the lead for good, hitting 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and six of their next seven to go in front by 11 at 75-64 with 3:26 to play and Wayne State could get no closer than six after that.
Jacks led Wayne State with 20 points, Vance Janssen added 17 points and Trevin Joseph put in 10. Jordan Cornelius grabbed eight boards for the Wildcats followed by Austin Esters with seven.
The Wildcat teams will be at home again next weekend, hosting St. Cloud State Friday night at 6 and 8 p.m. and Minnesota Duluth Saturday at 4 and 6 p.m.