Wildcat women win, men fall at Bemidji State

The Wayne State women’s basketball team continued their solid play Friday with a win over Bemidji State, while the Wildcat men couldn’t overcome the hot-shooting Beavers in action Friday at Bemidji, Minn.

In the women’s contest, 11 different Wildcats scored as the Wildcats coasted to a 77-52 win over the Beavers, improving to 19-6 overall and 13-4 in the NSIC.

Wayne State led for over 35 minutes in a game that only experienced one lead change and two ties. After trailing 6-2 in the opening quarter, the Wildcats went on a 11-5 run to take a 17-11 lead after one quarter and never trailed after that.

Wayne State never trailed the rest of the game as the Wildcats used six Freshman Halley Busse scored 10 points in the first half to lead the Wildcats to a 34-24 advantage. The Wildcats went into cruise control in the second half as they outscored the Beavers 43-28 in the final two quarters, with Busse scoring six points in the third and Andrea Larson adding five.

The final quarter saw Wildcat reserves close out the game shooting 66.7 percent in the quarter as WSC extended their lead to as much as 27 with 4:58 remaining in the game before finishing off the 25-point triumph.

Busse led the Wildcats in scoring with 17 points following by Kacie O’Connor with 13 points. Senior Maggie Schulte also added 12 points and 10 rebounds to record her third double-double of the season. Schulte dished out three assists for WSC while senior Paige Ballinger recorded four blocks in the win.

In the men’s game, Bemidji State shot 51.7 percent from the field and dropped Wayne State to 10-12 overall and 7-10 in the NSIC with a 91-70 decision.

Wayne State took an early 9-4 lead before the Beavers took control 10-9 just 4:18 into the contest and never looked back. Bemidji State connected on 60.7 percent of their shots in the first half to put the game out of reach early.  The Beavers built a 15 point lead by the midway point of the first half and went onto extend their lead to as much as 20 before closing out the half leading 52-34 thanks to a 24-6 advantage in points in the paint.

Trevin Joseph led the Wildcats scoring a career-high 24 points followed by Vance Janssen with 11 and Kendall Jacks with 10 points. Jacks grabbed eight rebounds and Jordan Cornelius added six. Jacks had six assists and Vance Janssen and Ben Dentlinger recorded one block apiece.

Wayne State is back on the road again Saturday, facing Minnesota Crookston with the women’s game at 4 p.m. and the men’s contest at 6 p.m.

The Wayne Herald

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