Eleven different Wildcats scored as the Wildcats coasted to a 77-52 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball win Friday evening over Bemidji State in Bemidji, Minnesota. WSC is now 19-6 and 13-4 in the NSIC while BSU falls to 4-17 and 3-14 in conference play.
Wayne State led for over 35 minutes in a game that only experienced one lead change and two ties. After trailing 6-2 in the opening quarter, the Wildcats went on a 11-5 run to take a 17-11 lead following one quarter of play.
WSC never trailed the rest of the game as the Wildcats used six turnovers to head into the intermission leading 34-24. Freshman Halley Busse scored 10 points in the first half to lead the Wildcat scoring.
The Wildcats went into cruise control in the second half as they outscored the Beavers 43-28 in the final two quarters. Halley Busse scored six points in the third and Andrea Larson added five.
The final quarter saw Wildcat reserves close out the game shooting 66.7% in the quarter as WSC extended their lead to as much as 27 with 4:58 remaining in the game before ending the game with a 77-52 victory.
Wayne State ended the night shooting 27 of 61 for 44.3 percent, including 4 of 14 from the 3-point line and 19 of 24 from the charity stripe.
Halley Busse led the Wildcats in scoring with 17 points following by Kacie O’Connor with 13 points. Senior Maggie Schulte also added 12 points and 10 rebounds to record her third double-double of the season.
Bemidji State was 20 of 56 from the field for 35.7 percent, going just 3 of 11 from 3-point range and 9 of 14 at the free throw line.
Sierra Senske and Taylor Bray each scored 10 points to lead the Beavers.
BSU edged out WSC 38-37 in rebounds. Maggie Schulte had 10 rebounds for the ‘Cats while freshman Erin Norling added six.
Both teams had 26 points in the paint while Wayne State had a 23-6 advantage in points off turnovers.
Maggie Schulte dished out three assists for WSC while senior Paige Ballinger recorded four blocks in the win.
The Wildcats will be on the road again Saturday facing Minnesota Crookston at 4 p.m.
Bemidji State shooting proved to be too much for Wayne State as the Beavers shot 51.7 percent from the field en route to a 91-70 Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball win Friday evening over WSC in Bemidji, Minnesota. BSU is now 10-12 and 7-10 in the NSIC while Wayne State drops to 12-13 and 7-10 in the Northern Sun.
WSC took an early 9-4 lead before the Beavers took control 10-9 just 4:18 into the contest and never looked back. Bemidji State connected on 60.7 percent of their shots in the first half to put the game out of reach early.
The Beavers built a 15 point lead by the midway point of the first half and went onto extend their lead to as much as 20 before closing out the half leading 52-34 thanks to a 24-6 advantage in points in the paint.
BSU continued to cruise in the second half as the Wildcats never got closer than 20 points and led by 29 at the 15:46 mark in the half before finishing the game with a final score of 91-70.
Wayne State ended the night being held to shooting just 26 of 72 for 36.1 percent from the field, 12 of 33 from 3-point range and 6 of 12 from the free throw line.
Trevin Joseph led the Wildcats scoring a career-high 24 points followed by Vance Janssen with 11 and Kendall Jacks with 10 points.
Bemidji State was 31 of 60 from the field (51.7%), 9 of 18 from the 3-point line and 20 of 27 form the charity stripe.
The Beavers had three players reach the twenty-point mark with Sharif Black (22), Christian Pekarek (22) and Jai’Vionne Green (20).
BSU outrebounded WSC 51-34 with Kendall Jacks hauling in eight rebounds on the night and Jordan Cornelius adding six.
Bemidji State outscored Wayne Stated 36-24 in the paint while both team had 14 points off turnovers.
Jacks dished out six assists for WSC while Vance Janssen and Ben Dentlinger recorded one block each.
Wayne State is back on the road again Saturday facing Minnesota Crookston at 6 p.m.