NSIC South Teams Battle In Mankato, Wildcats Post Road Split

MANKATO, MN – Both the Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams took part in their first NSIC road double header weekend.

Starting with Minnesota State-Mankato, the Wildcat women and men visited the Mavericks Friday night.

During the women’s contest, Wayne State jumped out to a 25-11 first quarter lead, before the Mavericks cut it as close as six points in the second quarter. Each team scored 16 in the second to favor the ‘Cats 41-27 at the break. Minnesota State again got close in the third quarter, with a 22-15 total, but WSC held on in the fourth, 25-20. Final, found Wayne State College winning 81-69 to improve to 7-3 (1-1 NSIC) while MSU-Mankato is now 1-5 (0-1 NSIC).

Senior guard Kacie O’Connor and senior forward Maggie Schulte led WSC in scoring with 14 points. O’Connor went 5-11 from the field, including 2-6 from behind the arc as Schulte was 3-5 from the field, but 8-8 at the foul line while grabbing a team-high eight rebounds. Freshman point guard Halley Busse tacked on 13 points and freshman forward Erin Norling tallied 11 points.

WSC shot 26-53 (49.1%) from the floor, 5-15 (33.3%) from behind the arc and 24-28 (85.7%) at the charity stripe. The ‘Cats recorded nine assists to 19 turnovers while adding seven blocked shots and eight steals.

Moving into the NSIC men’s contest, it was a back-and-forth contest early on before Minnesota State took control of the game. The Mavericks scored 43 points in each half while WSC tallied 28 first half points and 30 in the second half. Final, found Minnesota State-Mankato defeating Wayne State College 86-58 to improve to 4-2 (1-0 NSIC) as the ‘Cats fell to 4-3 (1-1 NSIC).

Senior forward Jordan Cornelius and sophomore center Tony Bonner each scored nine points for Wayne State College. Junior guard Trevin Joseph Jr. and senior guard Austin Esters both followed with eight points. Freshman Ben Dentlinger scored five points and grabbed a team-high five rebounds.

WSC shot 25-63 (39.7%) from the field, 1-12 (8.3%) from the three-point line and 7-11 (63.6%) at the foul line. The ‘Cats recorded five assists to nine turnovers while adding three blocked shots and six steals.

The Wayne State College women and men will continue their road weekend at Concordia-St. Paul Saturday 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 with pregame coverage set for 3:30 p.m.

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