WSC women win, men fall at Minnesota State
The Wayne State women used a balanced attack to post an 81-69 win over Minnesota State on the road Friday, while the men came up short in an 86-58 decision to the Mavericks in Mankato, Minn.
In the women’s game Wayne State used four players scoring in double figures to come away with the win and improve to 7-3 overall and 1-1 in NSIC action.
The Wildcats got off to a quick start, taking a 9-0 lead in the first 2:45 of the contest and led by as many as 16 points, shooting 9-of-13 in the opening period to build a 25-11 lead.
Minnesota State had a 15-2 run in the second period that got them within six at 29-23, but the Wildcats responded with a 10-2 run to rebuild a double-digit advantage and take a 41-27 lead into the locker room.
Minnesota State opened the second half scoring the first eight points to get within six at 41-35, and were within five before 3-pointers by Kacie O’Connor and Maggie Lowe pushed the lead back to seven at the end of the third quarter 56-49. Wayne State never let Minnesota State get closer than five points in the final period to come away with the win.
O’Connor and Maggie Schulte paced Wayne State in scoring with 14 points apiece, followed by freshman guard Halley Busse with 13 and freshman forward Erin Norling 11. Schulte led Wayne State with eight rebounds, Lowe had three assists, O’Connor had two steals and Paige Ballinger had three blocked shots with Brittany Bongartz adding two.
In the men’s game, Minnesota State’s Charlie Brown poured in a game-high 25 points to lead the host Mavericks to the win, dropping Wayne State to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in NSIC play.
The game was close early until the host Mavericks took control with a scoring surge at the end of the first half. Wayne State led 14-12 on a Tony Bonner basket with 11:39 to go in the half, but Minnesota State took control of the game and built a 43-28 lead at the half.
The Wildcats made the first two baskets of the second half to close within 11 at 43-32, but the Mavericks scored the next eight points for a 51-32 lead and Minnesota State cruised to the easy win.
Bonner and Jordan Cornelius led Wayne State with nine points each. Kendall Jacks, Wayne State’s leading scorer at 17.5 points per game, was held to four points in the contest and saw a streak of 28 straight games in double figures come to an end. Ben Dentlinger hauled in five rebounds to lead the Wayne State defense.
Wayne State plays at Concordia-St. Paul Saturday with the women’s game at 4 p.m. and the men to follow at 6 p.m.