Wayne State women win at buzzer, men fall at Winona State

The Wayne State women’s basketball team got a buzzer-beating score to run their win streak to 10 games while the Wildcat men fell on the road Saturday in their regular-season finales at Winona State.

In the women’s game, Erin Norling hit a jumper as time expired to give Wayne State a thrilling 60-59 win over Winona State Saturday in Winona, Minnesota. The Wildcats extend their win streak to 10 games and are now 24-6 and 18-4 in the NSIC while the host Warriors drop to 14-12 and 10-12 in conference play.

The first quarter saw two ties and four lead changes before the Wildcats took a 19-13 lead after one quarter of play.

Wayne State continued to hold the lead through the second quarter until Winona State tied the game 28-28 with 1:06 remaining in the half with two made free throws from Hannah McGlone. WSU outscored Wayne State 15-9 in the second quarter to make it a 28-28 tie game at half. 

Winona State came out of the intermission hot, making 8 of 14 shots (57.1%) to lead 49-44 after the third quarter.

The Wildcats responded in the final quarter, going on a 5-0 run to start the fourth and tie the game 49-49 using a three-pointer from sophomore Evelyn Knox and two made free throws by Maggie Schulte.

Both teams continued to trade baskets as the fourth quarter experienced two ties and seven lead changes.

WSU took a 59-58 lead with 1:04 left in the contest and held the lead until the final shot of the game. The last minute saw the Warriors miss a jumper and free throw. Wayne State (24-6, 18-4 NSIC) took only one shot in the final minute of the game, a buzzer-beater by Erin Norling to give Wayne State the win.

Schulte led the Wildcats with 20 points and five rebounds followed by Norling with 14 points.

Winona State outrebounded Wayne State 29-22. Schulte grabbed five rebounds while senior Paige Ballinger hauled in four and had five assists.

In men’s action, Winona State raced out to a 48-28 halftime lead and shot 57 percent for the game as the Warriors cruised past Wayne State, 89-71.

Wayne State (14-16, 9-13 NSIC) held the lead for the opening 10 minutes of the game before the host Warriors took control of the contest. The biggest lead for the Wildcats came at 8-4 following a Jordan Cornelius layup.

The two teams traded the lead five times with two lead changes early in the game. Wayne State’s last lead came at 13-12 on a Trevin Joseph 3-pointer at the 12:58 mark of the half.

With Wayne State trailing 16-15, the Warriors scored nine straight points to take their first double digit lead at 25-15 with 9:50 to play in the half.

Wayne State still trailed by 10 at 32-22 with 6:07 to go before halftime, but Winona State put the game out of reach by closing the half with a 16-6 run to build a commanding 48-28 lead at intermission.

Winona State maintained their sizeable lead throughout the second half, using 15 of 26 shooting in the second half to thwart any Wildcat rally as the Warriors finished with the easy win.

Trevin Joseph led Wayne State in scoring with 26 points, going 9-of-16 from the field, 4-for-8 behind the arc and 4-of-6 at the free throw line. Kendall Jacks and Matt Thomas also hit double digits with 11 and 10 points respectively. Jacks hauled in six boards for Wayne State.

The Wayne State men are the No. 6 seed in the South Division and will play at North Division third-seed St. Cloud State in the opening round of the Northern Sun Conference Tournament on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in St. Cloud, Minn. The Wayne State women are the No. 2 seed in the South Division and will host Minnesota Crookston, the seventh seed from the North Division, in a 7 p.m. matchup Wednesday at Rice Auditorium.

The Wayne Herald

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