MOORHEAD, MN – After dropping a pair of games on Friday to a ranked opponent, the Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams traveled further north.
WSC closed out the NSIC North Division weekend from the Nemzek Fieldhouse in Moorhead, Minnesota. The MSU Moorhead Dragons played host to Wayne State College Saturday.
During the women’s game, it was a back-and-forth battle which saw Wayne State College leading by eight points late in the opening quarter. MSU Moorhead won the quarter, 23-18 as Wayne State College closed the gap in the second quarter with a 14-12 score. At the break, the Dragons held a 33-29 lead. MSU Moorhead started to pull away in the third (21-15) and even led by 13 points early in the fourth. But, the Wildcats started to comeback as senior Maggie Schulte hit some key three-pointers to force overtime at 75 all. MSU Moorhead found a way to hold off Wayne State College, 86-84 and are now 13-3 (10-2 NSIC) as the Wildcats fall to 14-6 (8-4 NSIC).
WSC was led in scoring from Schulte, scoring 28 points and grabbing five rebounds while adding four assists and three steals. Senior Paige Ballinger and freshman Brittany Bongartz each tallied 13 points while juniors Maggie Lowe and Andrea Larson both went for 12 points.
WSC shot 26-57 (45.6%) from the floor, 13-24 (54.2%) from behind the arc and 19-24 (79.2%) at the charity stripe. The ‘Cats also recorded 14 assists to 16 turnovers while adding two blocked shots and nine steals.
Senior Cassidy Thorson paced MSU Moorhead in scoring with 25 points, followed by junior Jacky Volkert with 22 points and another 19 from senior Drew Sannes. Sophomore Kourtney Selenksy grabbed a team-high 10 boards.
From the men’s contest, Wayne State College held an early five-point lead, but after that it was all MSU Moorhead. The Dragons outscored WSC in the opening half, 45-30 while winning the second half battle, 45-36. Final found MSU Moorhead winning, 90-66 to improve to 5-13 overall (3-9 NSIC) as the Wildcat men are now 10-10 (5-7 NSIC).
The Wildcats were led in scoring by junior Kendall Jacks with 14 points. Senior Jordan Cornelius followed with 12 points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds while junior Vance Janssen added 12 points.
MSU Moorhead had four of their five starters hit double figures, three scored 20+. Senior Tanner Kretchman paced the Dragons in scoring with 25 points as sophomore Johnny Beeninga and junior Travaun Coad each went off for 21 points as Coad posted a double-double with 12 rebounds. Junior Addison Park tallied 13 points.
WSC shot 27-63 (42.9%) from the field, 7-25 (28%) at the three-point line and 5-7 (71.4%) from the foul line. The ‘Cats also recorded 11 assists to eight turnovers while adding six steals.
The Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams will open a four-game home stand and close out the month of January with back-to-back weekends from Rice Auditorium. WSC will first entertain Winona State on Friday, January 19 at 6/8 p.m. while Upper Iowa will be in town on Saturday, January 20 at 4/6 p.m.