SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Wayne State College Wildcats began the second half of their season with the first game of a double header weekend entering the final days of 2017.
From the Stewart Center, Sioux Falls played host to the Wildcats Saturday late afternoon.
Both the Wildcat women and men trailed at the half, but were able to win the second half and pull out with the victory.
During the women’s game, Sioux Falls jumped out front with an 18-16 quarter while WSC answered with a 15-14 second. USF led 32-31 at the break as both teams scored their most -amount of points on the night in the third quarter. WSC won the quarter 26-23 and the fourth 17-10. Wayne State College picked up the 74-65 victory to improve to 11-4 on the season while Sioux Falls fell to 8-3 and both teams are now 5-2 in league play.
Seniors Paige Ballinger and Kacie O’Connor each paced the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points. Senior Maggie Schulte and junior Maggie Lowe each tallied 13 points as Ballinger recorded a double-double with 10 rebounds.
WSC shot 22-53 (41.5%) from the floor, 7-13 (53.8%) from the three-point stripe and 8-11 (82.1%) from the foul line. The ‘Cats recorded 16 assists to 14 turnovers while adding three blocked shots and three steals.
From the men’s game, it was a back-and-forth battle which saw Sioux Falls leading at most by nine points in the opening half. USF held a 37-31 first half lead before WSC erupted for a 47-29 second half and won 78-66. Wayne State College is now 9-6 as Sioux Falls fell to 8-4 and both teams are now 4-3 in NSIC place.
Junior Trevin Joseph Jr. recorded a season high in his first year with the ‘Cats scoring 22 points. Junior Kendall Jacks followed with 21 points as junior Vance Janssen tacked on 12 points and senior Jordon Cornelius paced the team in rebounds with seven.
WSC shot 31-60 (38.7%) from the field, 6-13 (46.2%) from behind the arc and 10-14 (71.4%) at the charity stripe. The ‘Cats recorded 13 assists to 15 turnovers while adding two blocked shots and six steals.
Wayne State College will close out the 2017 schedule with Southwest Minnesota State on Sunday, December 31 at 2/4 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 at 1:30 p.m.