ORANGE, CA – Following an opening win Friday afternoon during the Division II Tip Off Classic, the Wayne State College women’s basketball team competed against nationally-ranked Azusa Pacific Saturday evening.
From Santiago Canyon College in Orange, California this was the first test for the Wildcat women.
Azusa Pacific rallied to a 25-10 first quarter before the ‘Cats chipped away at the deficit with a 22-18 second quarter. At the half, #16 Azusa Pacific led WSC 43-32. Wayne State kept it close in the third, favoring the Cougars 19-18 and won the fourth quarter battle 31-27. But, it wasn’t enough as Wayne State suffered their first loss of the season, 89-81 to now sit 1-1 overall.
Senior forward Maggie Schulte went off for 35 points on 8-16 shooting from the field (18-20 FT) and had 10 rebounds in 39 minutes of work. Senior center Paige Ballinger was one board shy of a double-double finishing with 17 points and nine rebounds as junior point guard Maggie LowE added eight points. Sophomore guard Evelyn Knox and freshman forward Erin Norling each added seven points.
WSC finished 23-63 (37.1%) from the field, 5-14 (35.7%) from behind the arc and 30-34 (88.2%) from the foul line.
Azusa Pacific was led by Savanna Hanson with 19 points and 15 rebounds while Gabrielle Kaiser followed with 16 points and nine boards. Rachel Bozlee (14) and Samantha Huddleston (13) also recorded double digit scoring.
Wayne State College will end their time in California on Sunday afternoon with Wisconsin Parkside.