Wayne State hoop teams handle Golden Bears
Both Wayne State basketball teams were successful in Friday night home action against Concordia-St. Paul, with the Wildcat women claiming a 72-47 win and the men coming away with a 83-71 victory at Rice Auditorium.
In the women’s game, freshmen Erin Norling and Halley Busse combined for 29 points to lead the Wayne State College and help them improve to 13-4 overall and 7-2 in Northern Sun Conference play.
Both teams’ leading scorer spent the night in foul trouble, resulting in other players to contribute for both teams. Wayne State’s Paige Ballinger picked up two fouls at the 6:37 mark of the first quarter, sending her to the bench for the rest of the half, while Concordia-St. Paul’s Anna Schmitt recorded her third foul at the 7:58 mark of the second quarter, sending her to the bench for the remainder of the half.
Wayne State jumped out to an early 8-2 lead, but then went cold from the floor as the Golden Bears finished the quarter on a 12-2 run to give Concordia-St. Paul a 14-10 first quarter lead.
The Wildcats then opened the second quarter on a 19-0 run, giving Wayne State a 29-14 lead on their way to a 34-23 halftime advantage.
After the Wildcats opened the second half with a basket from Ballinger to take a 36-23 lead, Concordia-St. Paul scored the next seven points and got within six at 36-30. The Wildcats then closed the quarter strong and took a 49-36 lead before using a 10-1 run to start the fourth quarter that put the game out of reach.
Norling finished with a game-high 17 points to lead Wayne State in scoring, going 8-of-14 from the field. Busse also hit double digits with 12 points. Anna Schmitt paced Concordia-St. Paul with 13 points followed by Kayla Miller and Brianna Miller with 12 and 10, respectively. Ballinger grabbed seven boards for the Wildcats.
In men’s action, Wayne State College used four players scoring in double figures along with 66 percent (16-24) shooting in the second half to run their record to 10-7 overall and 5-4 in NSIC action.
The Wildcats never trailed in the contest, taking a 15-4 lead just 4:30 into the contest. Wayne State pushed the lead to 18 at 28-10 following a pair of Austin Esters free throws at the 8:34 mark and finished the opening half with a 38-23 lead.
After the Wildcats took their biggest lead of the game early in the second half at 46-27, Concordia-St. Paul chipped away at the Wildcat lead and got as close as six at 50-44 with 10:59 to play.
Wayne State responded and increased the lead to 15 points at 63-48 with eight minutes to play. Concordia-St. Paul crept within nine at 68-59 before Wayne State pushed the lead back to double digits and went on to post the win, matching their 10-win total of last season.
Brian Goodwin led a balanced Wildcat scoring effort with 16 points to go with a team-high eight rebounds. Vance Janssen and Trevin Joseph both scored 14 points with Austin Esters adding a season-high 12 points. Ahmad Newsome poured in a game-high 20 points for Concordia-St. Paul. Avan Ward added 16 points with Max Keefe scoring 12.
WSC won the rebounding battle over CSP 35-24 thanks to eight boards from Goodwin. Kendall Jacks had six of Wayne State’s 18 assists while Vance Janssen and Trevin Joseph each had two steals.
The Wildcats will be at home again Saturday afternoon, hosting Minnesota State with games at 2 and 4 p.m.