KEARNEY – After the Wildcat men visited Nebraska-Kearney Friday night it was the Wildcat women’s turn Saturday for a late afternoon contest.
From the UNK Health & Sport’s Center in Kearney, there were three lead changes and two ties as both teams would take one lead after another throughout the contest.
Nebraska-Kearney held a 15-14 lead in the first quarter while the ‘Cats won the second quarter , 14-11 to hold a 28-26 first half lead.
In the third quarter, it was all UNK outscoring WSC 18-6 before WSC got close in the fourth, but the Lopers held on for the 59-52 win.
Nebraska-Kearney opens their season at 1-0 while Wayne State College is now 2-2 overall.
Senior center Paige Ballinger fouled out late in the contest but finished with a team-high 17 points, eight rebounds (five offensive) and five blocks. Senior guard Kacie O’Connor tallied 11 points while junior forward Andrea Larson added another 10 points.
Wayne State College was held to 21-62 (33.9%) shooting from the field, 5-20 (25%) from behind the arc and 5-7 (71.4%) at the foul line.
UNK also had three players score double-figures.
Former Wildcat volleyball standout Alyssa Frauendorfer, now in her graduate season, along with sophomore forward Kennedy Sander each scored 17 points. Senior guard McKenzie Brown finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.
UNK shot 25-58 (43.1%) from the field, 1-9 (11.1%) from the three-point line and 8-10 (80%) from the charity stripe.
The Wayne State College Wildcat women are next in action on Monday, November 13 at the University of Colorado Springs at 5 p.m. WSC will also host Graceland University on Thursday, November 16 at 7 p.m. which opens a four-game homestand.
Nebraska-Kearney will next host Central Christian on Monday at 5:30 p.m.