The Wayne State College men’s basketball team fell 74-72 to Augustana at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Saturday evening. WSC drops to 5-10 on the year and 2-4 in Northern Sun conference play, while Augustana improves to 10-2 and 5-1 in NSIC play. Three Wildcats scored 16 or more points in the contest.
Augustana jumped out to a large lead early on, starting the game on a 20-7 run. The Vikings held onto a lead of eight or more for a good portion of the first half, but the ‘Cats ended the half on a 14-7 run to go into the second half trailing by just three points at 35-32.
In the second half, WSC took a 36-35 lead in the first three minutes of the period on a pair of Henry Penner free throws and a Nick Ferrarini jumper. After an Augustana three pointer, the Wildcats went on a 10-1 run to take their largest lead of the game at 46-39 with 16:13 remaining in the game.
The Vikings stormed back to tie the game back up at the 10:32 mark at 55-55. Over the final 10 minutes, there were five lead changes as each team kept the game within five points. The Vikings narrowly escaped as a Nate Mohr jumper went wide into an offensive rebound by Ferrarini, but Ferrarini’s fadeaway desperation attempt in the final seconds missed.
Mohr led the Wildcats in points with 17 on the game while contributing 7 assists to the cause. Jordan Janssen and Ferrarini contributed 16 points each. Penner added 13 of his own on 5-6 shooting with a 3-4 performance from behind the arc.
The WSC men will return to action on January 3rd and 4th when they host a pair of opponents in Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State.
The Wayne State College women’s basketball team defeated Augustana 77-67 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Saturday afternoon. WSC improves to 9-3 on the year and 4-2 in Northern Sun conference play, while Augustana drops to 6-4 and 2-4 in NSIC play. Four Wildcats scored in double digits and a career milestone was surpassed in Saturday’s win as Erin Norling went over the 1,000 career point total.
The Wildcats got out to a hot start in the contest, shooting 10-16 as a team in the first quarter and took a 23-11 lead into the first break. WSC also held the Vikings to just 27 percent shooting as a team in the first quarter and at one point during the first, led 18-4. The dominant first quarter saw WSC haul in 14 rebounds while Augustana grabbed just 6.
In the second quarter, the Vikings cut into the lead, outscoring the ‘Cats by six points. But WSC held onto a six point lead headed into the second half. In the third, Augustana grabbed their first lead of the game, but WSC took momentum back and stretched the lead back to six heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, WSC was able to take the game into submission with a plus six rebounding advantage and a great showing from Halley Busse as she put up nine points in the quarter and 16 in the game.
For the ‘Cats, Norling led the way with 20 points on the day. Busse scored 16, while Brittany Bongartz and Kylie Hammer each contributed 12 points.
The WSC women will return to action on January 3rd and 4th when they host a pair of opponents in Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State.