Wayne State Women Use Second Half To Pull Away For Win, Southwest Minnesota State Men Use 10-point First Half To Force Split

WAYNE – In an evening highlighted by the Presidential Student-Athlete Scholarship Night, the Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams took the court during their final Friday night home game of the year.

From Rice Auditorium on the campus of Wayne State College, WSC entertained NSIC South Division foe Southwest Minnesota State.

In the women’s game, both teams were tied after the first quarter 15 all. In the second, WSC started to pull away with a 17-13 third to lead 32-28 at the break. The ‘Cats then opened the scoring column with a 20-11 third quarter and 26-16 fourth. Final found Wayne State College winning 78-55 to improve to 21-6 (15-4 NSIC) as Southwest Minnesota State is now 5-17 (4-15 NSIC).

Senior Paige Ballinger collected her second double-double on the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Fellow senior Kaci O’Connor went 3-7 from behind the arc to follow with 11 points.

WSC went 24-57 (42.1%) from the field, 8-21 (38.1%) from the three-point line and 22-29 (75.9%) from the charity stripe.

Sophomore Caleigh Rodning and freshman Sadie Stelter each tallied 12 points for the Mustangs.

During the men’s game, Southwest Minnesota State went on a 7-0 run to start the game before Wayne State College got on the board to see a back-and-forth opening half. The Mustangs took a 36-26 lead into the locker room. In the second half, SMSU started to pull as they recorded a 39-34 second half to pick up the 75-60 win. Southwest Minnesota State is now 18-7 (14-5 NSIC) as Wayne State College falls to 13-14 (8-11 NSIC).

Junior Trevin Joseph Jr. paced WSC in scoring with 15 points as Junior Kendall Jacks tallied 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Senior Jordan Cornelius followed with 10 points.

WSC went 22-57 (38.6%) from the floor, 5-19 (26.3%) from behind the arc and 11-16 (68.8%) from the foul line. The ‘Cats recorded 10 assists to 12 turnovers while adding two blocked shots and five steals.

Senior KJ Davis and junior Taylor Schafer each recorded 16 points to pace SMSU in scoring. Senior Carter Kirk picked up a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds as senior Turner Moen added another 10 points.

The Wayne State College Wildcats will next host Sioux Falls on Saturday, February 10 at 4/6 p.m. Join Voice of the Wildcats, Aaron Scheffler on Big Red Country 104.9 and online at waynedailynews.com for pregame coverage starting at 3:30 p.m.

The USF women upset #5 Augustana, 64-59 (OT) as the Sioux Falls men held off Augie, 88-86 Friday night.

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