Wildcats Sweep Season Series With Concordia-St. Paul

WAYNE – Following a pair of road victories in early December, the Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams entertained Concordia-St. Paul in early January.

From Rice Auditorium on the campus of Wayne State College, a pair of NSIC South Division teams competed against each other for the second time this season.

In the women’s contest, Wayne State College jumped out to an early lead before Concordia-St. Paul answered to win the first quarter, 14-10.  Wayne State then opened with a 19-0 run in the second to lead 34-23 at the break. The Wildcats then extended their lead with a 15-13 third quarter and again with a 23-11 fourth to win 72-47. WSC has recorded three straight wins to now sit 13-4 (7-2 NSIC) as Concordia-St. Paul fell to 4-10 (1-7 NSIC).

Freshman Erin Norling paced WSC in scoring with 17 points followed by fellow freshman Halley Busse adding 12 points. Senior Paige Ballinger grabbed a team-high seven rebounds to go along with four points.

WSC shot 23-49 (58.3%) from the floor, 5-9 (55.6%) from behind the three-point line and 21-29 (72.4%) at the charity stripe. The ‘Cats recorded 12 assists to 15 turnovers while adding eight blocked shots and 11 steals.

Moving into the men’s game, it was all Wayne State College from the start. The ‘Cats took a 38-23 lead into the locker room. But, Concordia-St. Paul then started to chip away at the lead to get into single digits before WSC was able to manage the comeback. The Golden Bears did outscore Wayne State College 48-45 in the second half, but the overall win went to WSC at 83-71. With the win, the Wildcats matched their season win total from last year at 10-7 (5-4 NSIC) as the Golden Bears are now 2-12 (1-7 NSIC).

Four Wildcats hit double figure scoring with the men led by senior Brian Goodwin with 16 points and eight rebounds. Juniors Vance Janssen and Trevin Joseph Jr. each tallied 14 points while senior Austin Esters tacked on 12 points. Junior Kendall Jacks finished with a team-high six assists while adding seven points.

WSC shot 30-56 (53.6%) from the field, 7-21 (33.3%) from behind the arc and 16-21 (76.2%) from the foul line. The ‘Cats also recorded 18 assists to 12 turnovers while adding two blocked shots and four steals.

The Wayne State College Wildcat women and men will next entertain Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday, January 6 at 4/6 p.m. Join Voice of the Wildcats, Aaron Scheffler on Big Red Country 104.9 and online at waynedailynews.com a part of the Wildcat Sports Network for pregame coverage at 3:30 p.m.

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