WAYNE – For the first time since Saturday, January 14, the Wayne State women’s and men’s basketball teams competed in a home contest.
Friday night featured the Bemidji State University Beavers visiting Wayne State College at Rice Auditorium.
From the women’s contest, Wayne State jumped out front with a 26-9 first before the Beavers answered with a 24-9 second. At the half WSC led 35-33. Wayne pushed their lead out after a 14-9 third as BSU again outscored the ‘Cats 23-21 in the fourth. Final found Wayne State College holding on for the 70-65 win to improve to 16-6 (11-6 NSIC) while Bemidji State falls to 6-15 (3-14 NSIC).
Three Wildcats hit double figure scoring led by junior Paige Ballinger with 20 points. Senior Anna Martensen followed with 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds as junior Maggie Schulte accounted for 10 points.
As a team WSC hit 19-50 (38%) from the field, 8-20 (40%) from behind the arc and 24-33 (72.7%) from the foul line.
Bemidji State was led in scoring by senior Tatum Sheley with 20 points and 10 rebounds while senior Aimee Pelzer added 19.
BSU shot 27-65 (41.5%) from the floor, 6-20 (30%) from the 3-point line and 5-8 (62.5%) at the charity stripe.
Moving into the men’s contest, Wayne State College led for most of the first half and were up 37-33 at the break. Bemidji State found a way to comeback and outscored WSC 45-39 in the second half. The Wildcats won last Saturday’s game at the buzzer, this week it was the Beavers turn when junior Christian Pekarek hit a buzzer-beater three to win the game, 78-76. The Beavers improve to 9-14 (7-10 NSIC) while the ‘Cats fall back to 7-16 (5-12 NSIC).
Joining Pekarek was freshman Jai’Vionne Green with 18 points each. Freshman Lucas Wendt added another 14 points off the bench as senior Ben Best grabbed 10 boards.
The Beavers shot 29-55 (52.7%) from the field, 10-21 (47.6%) from behind the arc and 10-14 (71.4%) from the free throw line.
Wayne State College used four players in double figure scoring with redshirt sophomore Kendall Jacks leading the way scoring 19 points and grabbing five rebounds. Junior Matt Thomas followed with 15 points while juniors Brain Goodwin and Austin Esters each hit 14 points. Junior Jordan Cornelius also accounted for five rebounds.
The ‘Cats shot 28-66 (42.4%) from the floor, 5-19 (26.3%) from the 3-point line and 15-18 (83.3%) from the foul line.
Wayne State College will be back in action on Saturday February 4 hosting Minnesota Crookston at 4/6 p.m. Join Voice of the Wildcats, Aaron Scheffler on 98.9 FM/AM 1590 The City and online at waynedailynews.com a part of the Wildcat Sports Network. Pregame coverage is set for 3:30 p.m.