ST. PAUL, MN – Following a split at Minnesota State-Mankato Friday night, the Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball team payed a visit to Concordia-St. Paul and both came out with wins.
From the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minnesota the Golden Bears entertained WSC.
In the women’s contest, Wayne State College jumped out to an 18-12 first quarter lead before Concordia-St. Paul won the second quarter, 22-16. Both teams were tied at 34 entering the locker room. When the second half came around, so did the ‘Cats scoring with a 23-12 third quarter and 22-16 fourth. Final, found Wayne State College winning 79-62 to pick up their fourth straight win and improve to 8-3 (2-1 NSIC) as the Golden Bears are now 2-5 (0-2 NSIC).
Senior forward Paige Ballinger led all scorers with 27 points by shooting 9-14 from the field and 9-11 at the foul line while grabbing nine rebounds. She also recorded four blocked shots and is now the all-time leader at WSC with a total of 170 in her career. Senior forward Maggie Schulte added a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds as freshman forward Erin Norling tallied 12 points and senior guard Kacie O’Connor tacked on another 11 points.
As a team, WSC shot 30-53 (56.6%) from the field, 3-10 (30%) from behind the arc and 16-19 (84.2%) at the foul line. The ‘Cats also recorded 21 assists and had 21 turnovers along with seven blocked shots and seven steals.
Moving to the men’s game, the Wildcats answered with their own dominate win, leading as much by 24 in the second half. WSC outscored Concordia-St. Paul 41-24 in the opening half and 35-33 in the second half. The ‘Cats picked up the 76-57 victory to snap a two-game losing streak and now sit 5-3 (2-1 NSIC) as the Golden Bears fell to 1-7 (0-2 NSIC).
Wildcat junior guard Kendall Jacks paced WSC in scoring with 28 points on 12-18 shooting from the floor and 2-2 at both the foul line and behind the arc. Other double figure scoring came from senior guard Brian Goodwin with 12 points and senior guard Matt Thomas adding 11 points. Junior guard Vance Janssen led the ‘Cats in rebounds with six and tacked on six assists.
WSC shot 29-61 (47.5%) from the floor, 11-21 (52.4%) from the three-point line and 7-9 (77.8%) at the charity stripe. The ‘Cats recorded 22 assists to six turnovers while adding five blocked shots and six steals.
The Wayne State College men will open a five-game home stand which includes three non-conference games over an 11 day period. WSC will next host Nebraska Christian at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5 from Rice Auditorium on the campus of Wayne State College.
Both the Wayne State College women and men will host NSIC North Division opponents University of Mary on Friday, December 8 at 6/8 p.m. and Minot State on Saturday, December 9 at 4/6 p.m.