WAYNE – For the second straight night, the Wayne State College women’s basketball team held their opponent under 25 percent shooting as the Wildcats cruised to an 89-55 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball victory over Upper Iowa at Rice Auditorium in Wayne Saturday evening. WSC is now 16-6 overall and 10-4 in the NSIC while UIU drops to 2-18 and 0-14 in league games.
The score was tied at 8-8 early in the game with 6:36 to play in the first quarter. WSC then took the lead for good with an 11-0 run and finished the first quarter with a 28-11 lead thanks to 11 of 15 shooting (73.3%) in the opening stanza.
The Wildcats held a 20-12 scoring advantage in the second quarter and was in front 48-23 at intermission.
Reserves dominated play for WSC in the second half as the Wildcats outscored UIU 26-15 in the third quarter for a 74-38 lead while Upper Iowa produced a 17-15 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter to finish with the 89-55 win.
Freshman guard Halley Busse led the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points followed by Paige Ballinger with 10.
WSC finished the game 29 of 59 shooting for 49.2 percent, including 10 for 20 behind the arc. The Wildcats were 21 for 27 (77.8%) at the charity stripe.
Emma Gaber scored 14 points for Upper Iowa. Natalie Dinius added 13 with Savannah Domeyer and Bekka Pierson each contributed 10 points for the Peacocks.
UIU was 16 of 65 from the field for 24.6 percent and was 5 of 18 from the 3-point line and 18 for 21 at the free throw line.
Upper Iowa won the rebounding battle over WSC 47-35. Andrea Larson hauled in seven boards for the Wildcats followed by Amanda Brainerd with six.
Ballinger had four of Wayne State’s 20 assists in the game and had three of the Wildcats’ five blocked shots.
The Wildcats will be at home again next weekend, facing St. Cloud State Friday night at 6 p.m. and Minnesota Duluth Saturday in a 4 p.m. game.