Wildcat women get home win, men fall to St. Cloud

The Wayne State women jumped out to a 14-point first-quarter advantage and cruised to an 84-56 win over St. Cloud State on Friday, while the Wildcat men ran into a hot-shooting Husky team as the visitors earned an 82-58 triumph.

In the women’s game, Wayne State led from start to finish, shooting over 50 percent from the floor on their way to the easy win.

Maggie Schulte’s 3-pointer made it a 16-6 game early on and the Wildcats led 25-11 at the quarter, increasing it to 42-25 at the half.

Wayne State (17-6, 11-4 NSIC) continued to build on its big lead, and even the reserves got into the act, with Anna Eckert hitting a pair of 3-pointers that helped push the lead to as many as 30 points as Wayne State shot 30-of-57 (52.6 percent) from the floor, including a 10-for-21 effort from 3-point range.

Paige Ballinger led three Wildcats in double figures with 19 points while Erin Norling added 13 and Schulte put in 10. Andrea Larson led the rebounding effort with nine and Schulte grabbed eight while adding six assists. Ballinger had two steals.

In the men’s game, the Huskies shot 62 percent from the floor for the game, including a 12-for-15 effort to start the second half that helped them pull away with the easy win.

Wayne State (11-12, 6-9 NSIC) got out to an early 14-9 lead on a Tony Bonner jumper at the 13:43 mark and still led 17-16 with just under 11 minutes to go after a layup by Trevin Joseph.

The Huskies took the lead on the next possession and never trailed again, building a 10-point lead at the half at 35-25. They started the second half smoking hot, hitting 80 percent from the field early on and cruising to the easy win.

Bonner and Brian Goodwin each had 10 points for the Wildcats. Bonner led the rebounding effort with five and Vance Janssen collected five steals.

Wayne State hosts Minnesota Duluth on Saturday, with the women’s game at 4 p.m. and the men’s game at 6 p.m. at Rice Auditorium.

The Wayne Herald

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