Wayne State Women Win Big, Men Fall Behind At Half To Southwest Minnesota State

WAYNE – The Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams closed out the 2017 portion of their schedule with a road double header in Marshall, Minnesota.

From the Recreation/Athletic Facility on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State, the Mustangs played host to WSC Sunday.

In the women’s game, Wayne State College jumped out front with a 24-16 first quarter lead while adding a 21-16 second quarter score. At the break, WSC held a 45-32 advantage. The ‘Cats extended their lead with a 13-7 third quarter while SMSU won the fourth quarter battle, 21-18. Final found Wayne State College holding on for the 76-60 win to improve to 12-4 (6-2 NSIC) as Southwest Minnesota State is now 2-9 (1-7 NSIC).

Freshman Brittany Bongartz came off the bench and scored 18 points while grabbing five rebounds to pace the ‘Cats in scoring. Senior Paige Ballinger followed with 15 poitns in 12 minutes of play as freshman Erin Norling tallied 14 points. Senior Kacie O’Connor grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

WSC shot 28-64 (43.8%) from the floor, 6-21 (28.6%) from the three-point line and 14-18 (77.8%) at the charity stripe. The ‘Cats recorded 21 assists to nine turnovers while adding one blocked shot and 12 steals.

From the men’s contest, it was close early until SMSU won the opening half 52-32. In the second half, WSC stayed even with the Mustangs but were unable to make up any ground and suffered an 86-65 loss. Southwest Minnesota State improves to 10-4 (6-2 NSIC) as Wayne State College is now 9-7 (4-4 NSIC).

Junior Trevin Joseph Jr. paced the Wildcats in scoring with 15 points while junior Kendall Jacks followed with 10 points. Junior Vance Janssen added nine points and grabbed five rebounds along with sophomore Tony Bonner.

WSC shot 27-63 (42.9%) from the floor, 6-20 (30%) from behind the arc and 5-9 (55.6%) from the foul line. The ‘Cats recorded six assists to seven turnovers while adding one blocked shot and six steals.

Wayne State College is next in action on Friday, January 5 hosting Concordia-St. Paul at 6/8 p.m. and Saturday, January 6 with Minnesota State-Mankato coming to town at 4/6 p.m.

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