Wildcat women win, men fall on road at Southwest

The Wayne State basketball teams closed out the 2017 part of their schedule at Southwest Minnesota State, with the women winning 76-60 and the men suffering an 86-65 defeat in Marshall, Minn.

In the women’s matchup, the Wildcats led almost the entire way as they improved to 12-4 overall and 6-2 in NSIC action.

Wayne State trailed for less than a minute in the opening period, turning a 3-2 deficit into a 24-16 lead after one period. They extended that advantage to as many as 15 points, led by Brittany Bongartz’s 11 first-half points, to take a 45-32 lead at the half and cruised to the easy road win.

Bongartz led the way with a season-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, while Paige Ballinger added 15 points and Erin Norling threw in 14. Caleigh Rodning led the Mustanga with 12 points and eight rebounds.

Wayne State outrebounded Southwest 41-32, with Kacie O’Connor’s nine boards and Maggie Schulte’s six leading the way. Maggie Lowe had five assists and Erin Norling had three steals.

In the men’s game, Wayne State played Southwest close and led 10-8 early in the game, but the Mustangs used a 14-5 run to take a 24-13 lead. Trevin Joseph’s jumper with 8:12 left in the half pulled the Wildcats to within four at 26-22, but that’s as close as the visitors would get as the Mustangs built a 20-point lead at the half, 52-32.

Wayne State started the second half with layups from Jordan Cornelius and Kendall Jacks and a free throw from Jacks to cut into the Southwest lead at 54-37, but the Mustangs were able to push the lead back up to 20 points and Wayne State never got closer than 17 after that.

Joseph led the Wildcats in scoring with 15 points, Jacks added 10 while Vance Janssen scored nine and led the team with five rebounds. Carter Kirk’s game-high 23 points and 18 rebounds led Southwest.

Wayne State will be at home Friday evening hosting Concordia-St. Paul with games at 6 and 8 p.m. at Rice Auditorium.

The Wayne Herald

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