ORANGE, CA – The Wayne State College Wildcat women’s basketball team began their 2017-18 campaign with their first of three games in the Division II Tip Off Classic Friday afternoon.
WSC took on Young Harris College of Georgia who finished 9-17 a year ago.
The Wildcats started off strong with an 18-8 first quarter, which then extended into a 38-25 halftime lead. Same result happened in the second half with the ‘Cats outscoring Young Harris College 16-11 in the third and 23-13 in the fourth to win 77-49. The Wayne State women open the season 1-0 and will be tested during a Saturday night match with #16 Azusa Pacific (16-14 last year) at 8:15 p.m. CT.
Individually, junior point guard Maggie Lowe posted double figures with 15 points off 4-6 shooting behind the arc and three rebounds. Senior guard Kacie O’Connor, junior forward Andrea Larson and freshman center Brittany Bongartz each followed with nine points as freshman Erin Norling added eight points. Bongartz paced the ‘Cats with 11 rebounds (five offensive) while senior center Paige Ballinger (one offensive) and Larson (five offensive) tacked on another seven boards.
Ballinger scored all six of her points from the foul line (6-8) as other scoring came from sophomore point guard Evelyn Knox (six), senior forward Maggie Schulte (four), sophomore forward Amanda Brainerd (four), junior forward Anna Eckert (three), freshman point guard Halley Busse (two) and junior center Taylor Reiner. All 16 players saw at least two minutes of playing time with 13 of 16 scoring.
As a team the ‘Cats shot 21-60 (35%) from the field, 8-22 (36.4%) from behind the arc and 27-32 (84.4%) from the foul stripe.
Young Harris College went 17-56 (30.4%) from the field, 4-10 (40%) behind the three-point line and 11-21 (52.4%) at the free throw line.
Pamela Diokpara led Young Harris with 10 points and six boards.