Wayne State used balanced scoring while holding Augustana to just 33 percent shooting as the Wildcats won at Augustana for the first time since 2010 Saturday evening with a 65-54 win over the Vikings at Sioux Falls Arena in the NSIC opener for both teams. WSC won at Augustana for the first time since March 3, 2010 (75-52 in NSIC Tournament first round) and improved to 6-1 on the season and 1-0 in league play while the host Vikings drop to 3-3 and 0-1 in NSIC games.
The Wildcats never trailed in the contest. Each team started the game with five point scoring runs and with the score tied at 5-5, WSC went on a 13-2 run and took an 18-7 lead on a Trevin Joseph 3-pointer with 12:55 remaining in the first half.
Augustana got as close as four points several times, but WSC pushed the lead back to nine at 31-22 on a Nick Ferrarini 3-pointer with 1:58 to play before halftime and the Wildcats ended the half with a 33-25 lead at intermission.
WSC opened the second half with a basket to take a 10-point lead at 35-25. But the Wildcats went cold from the field and made just 4 of their next 16 shots allowing Augustana to get as close as one point three different times.
However, each time WSC came up with a basket then used a 10-0 run late in the game to push the lead back to double figures and the Wildcats opened NSIC play with the victory.
The Vikings got within one at 43-42 and again at 45-44 with 9:37 remaining.
After WSC went in front 49-44, the Vikings got within one for the final time at 49-48.
Wayne State then scored the next 10 points to go in front 59-48 and the ‘Cats pulled away for the 65-54 win.
Seniors Vance Janssen and Kendall Jacks led Wayne State in scoring with 16 and 15 points respectively. Freshmen Nick Ferrarini and Jordan Janssen each added 11 points while Janssen hauled in a team-high 11 rebounds for his third double-double in four games.
Wayne State finished the game making 23 of 62 shots for 37.1 percent. The ‘Cats were just 6 of 25 (24%) behind the arc and 12 for 17 (70.6%) at the charity stripe.
A.J. Plitzuweit led Augustana in scoring with 14 points while Michael Schaefer and Tyler Riemersma also scored double figures with 11 points each.
Augustana shot 33.9 percent from the field making 20 of 59 shots, including 5 of 19 behind the arc. The Vikings were 9 for 11 at the free throw line.
The Vikings held a 41-38 edge in rebounding over WSC as Jordan Janssen hauled in 11 boards for the Wildcats.
Vance Janssen had four of Wayne State’s 13 assists while Ben Dentlinger had all three Wildcat blocked shots.
WSC will play NSIC road games next weekend at Upper Iowa Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and Winona State Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
In a game of scoring runs by both teams, Augustana rallied from a 64-59 deficit with 6:46 remaining to outlast Wayne State College 81-73 Saturday evening in the Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball opener for both teams played at the Sioux Falls Arena. The host Vikings are now 8-1 on the season and 1-0 in league play while the Wildcats drop to 4-2 and 0-1 in NSIC play.
The Wildcats got off to a slow start, trailing 13-3 less than five minutes into the contest. Despite making just 4 of 13 shots in the first quarter, WSC worked their way back and trailed by just four at the end of the first quarter 16-12.
WSC came on strong in the second quarter, making 8 of their first 9 shots from the field that included 3 of 4 behind the arc to take the lead. A 17-2 Wildcat scoring run over a span of 4:48, highlighted by a three consecutive 3-pointers (two from Maggie Lowe and one by Haley Vesey), turned a 22-18 deficit into a 35-24 lead following an Erin Norling layup at the 3;36 mark of the second quarter.
The host Vikings then went on a similar run at the end of the second quarter that carried into the third quarter as Augustana cut the WSC advantage to 36-32 at intermission.
Augustana’s scoring run over the two quarters was 17-3 covering 6:48, giving the Vikings a 46-41 lead.
Wayne State then countered with a 10-0 run that put the lead back in the Wildcats’ favor at 51-46 with 3:28 to play third quarter before the Vikings charged back to end the third quarter tied at 57-57.
After Augustana scored the opening basket of the fourth quarter to take a 59-57 lead, WSC used an Andrea Larson 3-pointer, a pair of Haley Vesey free throws and a jumper by Amelia Ivester gave the Wildcats a 64-59 lead with 6:46 to play.
But the Vikings reeled off the next 11 points to take the lead for good at 70-64 with 3:26 remaining.
WSC got as close as one at 70-69 on a Vesey 3-pointer with 2:44 remaining, but the ‘Cats went cold from the field the rest of the way and Augustana ended with the 81-73 win.
Sophomore center Brittany Bongartz paced Wayne State in scoring with 15 points. Vesey and Norling each added 14 points for the Wildcats.
Wayne State made 25 of 62 shots from the field for 40.3 percent, including 7 of 27 behind the 3-point line and 16 for 23 at the charity stripe.
Augustana’s top scorer was Lynsey Prosser with 15 points. Shelby Selland followed with 14 points followed by Vishe Rabb and Abby Hora with 12 points each.
The Vikings shot 43.1 percent from the field, connecting on 31 of 72 shots. Augustana was 12 of 33 from the 3-point line and 7 for 11 at the charity stripe.
WSC held a 43-39 edge in rebounding thanks to nine boards from freshman Amelia Ivester.
Augustana forced 20 WSC turnovers while making 14 that resulted in a 22-13 advantage on points off turnovers.
Sophomore guard Halley Busse tied a career-high with eight assists while freshman Kylie Hammer had four.
Ivester was credited with three of Wayne State’s four blocked shots.
The Wildcats will be on the road again next weekend for NSIC games at Upper Iowa Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Winona State Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. contest.