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Wayne State Men and Women split with Augustana

Wayne State Men and Women split with Augustana

Augustana grabbed 25 offensive rebounds and held a commanding 33-4 advantage in second chance points to lead the Vikings in a 75-66 win over Wayne State College in the Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball opener for both teams Saturday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. WSC drops to 3-6 and 0-1 in league play while Augustana improves to 6-1 and 1-0 in the NSIC.

Neither team led by more than five points in the first half that featured eight ties and seven lead changes.

Wayne State’s biggest lead of the first half was 17-12 following a Nate Thayer layup at the 10:41 mark.

Augustana then went on a 10-1 run and took their biggest lead of the half at 22-18 with 7:51 to go in the half.

The Wildcats ended the first half with a 35-33 lead despite Augustana grabbing 15 offensive rebounds in the first half, but WSC held the lead thanks to 12-38 field goal shooting (31.6%) by the Vikings in the first half.

Augustana scored the first eight points of the second half to grab a 41-35 lead.

Wayne State still trailed 44-39, but scored seven straight points and took their first lead of the second half at 46-44 on a Nick Ferrarini jumper with 12:40 left.

The final lead of the night for Wayne State came on a Nate Thayer 3-pointer for a 57-55 lead with 8:13 remaining.

Wayne State was still within two at 61-59 with 5:24 to play, but the Wildcats ran out of gas and Augustana built a double-digit lead at 72-62 with 1:10 to play and finished with a 75-66 victory.

The story of the game was Augustana’s domination in rebounding, holding a 54-36 edge over WSC. The Vikings grabbed 25 offensive rebounds that led to a 33-4 advantage on points in the paint.

Tyler Riemersma had 20 points and 16 rebounds for Augustana while Michael Schaefer added a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Adam Dykman (15) and Matt Todd (14) also scored double digits for the Vikings.

Augustana made just 25 of 73 shots for 34.2 percent and was just 3 of 19 on 3-pointers. The Vikings were 22 for 32 (68.8%) at the free throw line.

Jordan Janssen led Wayne State with 14 points followed by Nick Ferrarini (13) and Al’Tavius Jackson (10).

WSC was 23-57 shooting for 40.4 percent, going 4-18 from the 3-point line. The Wildcats were 16-23 at the free throw line.

Henry Penner and Nate Mohr each had four assists for WSC while Al’Tavius Jackson was credited with four steals. Ferrarini had three blocked shots with Janssen adding two.

Wayne State will be at home again next weekend, hosting Upper Iowa Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Winona State Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in Northern Sun Conference contests.

Sophomore reserve guard Kylie Hammer sparked Wayne State College with a career-high 21 points off the bench on 7 of 13 shooting to lead the Wildcats in a 80-76 win over Augustana University in the Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The win for WSC, now 5-1 and 1-0 in the NSIC, snapped a four-game losing streak in the series to Augustana while the Vikings fall to 4-1 and 0-1 in league play.

WSC opened with the first four points of the game, but Augustana controlled the rest of the opening stanza and held an 18-13 lead after 10 minutes of play.

The Vikings held the lead for nearly the entire second quarter, but WSC stayed close and forged a 32-32 tie heading into halftime.

The third quarter saw the two teams exchange the lead 17 times, but a scoring surge by Wayne State in the final 90 seconds of the quarter gave the Wildcats the lead for good.

With Augustana leading 53-52, WSC used a 15-2 run in the final 1:40 of the third quarter and the Wildcats used a pair of 3-pointers from Kylie Hammer to end the quarter, including a 35 footer that banked in to close the quarter, giving Wayne State a 63-55 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Wayne State held the lead the rest of the game, holding back several Augustana rallies in the fourth quarter for the win.

A Vishe’ Rabb layup for Augustana with 1:51 to play cut the Wayne State lead to 76-74. But Wayne State sealed the win in the final 12 seconds with a pair of free throws from Halley Busse with 12.6 remaining and Hammer sinking two charity tosses with 8.0 seconds to play for the 80-76 victory.

Hammer led five Wildcats in double figures with a career-high 21 points, going 7 of 13 from the field and 4 for 6 behind the arc. Junior center Brittany Bongartz contributed a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Erin Norling and Busse each scored 12 points with Haley Vesey adding a season-best 11 off the bench.

Wayne State finished the game making 25 of 59 shots for 42.4 percent, including 8-20 (40%) behind the arc. The ‘Cats were 22-29 at the charity stripe for 75.9 percent.

Vishe’ Rabb led Augustana in scoring with 17 points. Abby Hora and Lauren Sees also reached double figures with 12 and 10 respectively.

The Vikings were 32-74 from the field for 43.2 percent, but made just 6 of 27 shots from the 3-point line and 6-14 at the free throw stripe.

WSC held a 44-38 advantage in rebounding over the Vikings thanks to 10 caroms by Bongartz and eight each from Josey Ryan and Hammer.

Hammer handed out five assists and also had a team-best three steals.

The Wildcats will be at home next weekend for Northern Sun Conference games hosting Upper Iowa Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Winona State Saturday in a 3:30 p.m. contest.

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