Wayne State College used three players in double figures while 12 of 13 players scored as the Wildcats defeated Peru State College 81-51 in non-conference women’s basketball played Sunday afternoon at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. WSC is now 2-0 on the season while Peru State is 2-2.
The Wildcats never trailed, scoring the first eight points of the contest. WSC used 64 percent shooting in the first quarter (11 of 17) to take a 28-18 lead on the Bobcats.
Wayne State continued its stellar shooting in the second quarter, going 8 of 15 (53%) from the field, and outscored the Bobcats 22-12 to take a 50-30 lead at intermission.
The third quarter saw WSC hold Peru State to just one basket (1 of 14 shooting) and the ‘Cats outscored PSC 17-4 to take a 67-34 lead and the Wildcats finished the game with an 81-51 victory.
Wayne State finished the game going 30 of 64 from the field for 46.9 percent, but made just 2 of 15 from the 3-point line. The ‘Cats were 19 for 28 at the charity stripe.
Junior center Paige Ballinger led a balanced Wildcat effort with 13 points followed by junior guard Kacie O’Connor and freshman center Taylor Wangerin with 12 points each.
Peru State was 18 of 59 from the field for 30.5 percent and 7 of 19 from behind the arc. The Bobcats were 8 of 13 at the free throw line.
Wayne State held a commanding 51-30 edge in rebounding over Peru State thanks to 11 rebounds from senior Katie Hoskins followed by seven from Maggie Schulte. Deandra Williams led Peru State on the glass with six.
The Wildcats will be at home again Friday evening hosting Rockhurst in a 7 p.m. contest at Rice Auditorium.
#6 Northwest Missouri State led from start to finish to defeat Wayne State College 76-58 Sunday afternoon at the 25th annual Hillyard Men’s Basketball Tip-Off Classic in St. Joseph, Missouri. The Bearcats improve to 2-0 on the season while the Wildcats slip to 1-1.
Northwest Missouri State jumped out to an 18-3 lead in the opening eight minutes of the contest and maintained a double digit lead the rest of the contest.
The Bearcats used 64 percent shooting in the first half (16 of 25) to take a 45-27 halftime lead. Sophomore forward Kendall Jacks had 13 of Wayne State’s 27 points in the first half going 4 of 9 from the field and 4 for 6 at the free throw stripe.
Both teams scored 31 points in the second half as the Bearcats never let WSC closer than 15 points in the second half as Northwest Missouri State finished with the 76-58 victory.
Wayne State finished the game making 18 of 51 shots from the field for 35.3 percent. The ‘Cats were 5 of 16 behind the 3-point line and 17 for 22 at the charity stripe.
Jacks was Wayne State’s lone double figure scorer with 21 points, finishing 8 of 15 from the field and 4 of 6 at the foul stripe. Matt Thomas and Tony Bonner each added eight points for WSC.
Northwest Missouri State made 25 of 48 shots for 52 percent, but only 3 of 13 from 3-point range. The Bearcats were 23 of 34 from the free throw line.
Justin Pitts paced NMSU in scoring with 21 points followed by Anthony Wood with 20 and Xavier Kurth with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
NMSU controlled the rebounding battle on Wayne State 44-27 as Kurth grabbed 11 boards for the Bearcats while Wayne State’s top rebounders were Jacks, Jordan Cornelius, Luke TerHark and Tony Bonner with three apiece.
Wayne State will be on the road Wednesday evening playing at Division I South Dakota State in an exhibition game for the Wildcats with tipoff set for 7 p.m.