Wayne State shot 54 percent from the field, but had to hold off a late Winona State rally to defeat the Warriors 84-78 Saturday afternoon in NSIC South Division men’s basketball played at McCown Gymnasium in Winona, Minnesota. WSC has now won six straight meetings against Winona State and improves to 6-4 overall and 6-2 in the NSIC South Division while host Winona State falls to 3-4 and 1-3 in divisional play.
The big stories of the first half for the Wildcats were 63 percent shooting as a team (17-27) and 17 points from freshman guard Alec Millender.
After WSC opened the game with a quick 7-2 lead, Winona State roared back and took a 15-10 lead over the Wildcats at the 13:08 mark of the first half.
Winona State’s final lead of the game was 22-21 with 9:22 to play in the half.
With WSC leading 25-24 at the 7:34 mark of the half, the ‘Cats used a 12-2 run to take a 37-26 advantage with 4:14 to play in the half.
Wayne State pushed the lead to 43-28 at the 2:20 mark before finishing with a 45-36 lead at intermission.
The Wildcats held a double digit lead for most of the second half until a furious rally by Winona State in the final four minutes of the game before WSC held on for the victory.
Wayne State’s biggest lead of the game was 64-47 with 13:41 remaining following a pair of Jay Saunders free throws.
The ‘Cats still held a 15-point lead at 74-59 with 4:18 remaining when the Warriors began their charge.
WSC held a 76-66 advantage with 2:09 left, but Winona State got within four at 82-78 with 30 seconds to play.
A pair of Nate Mohr free throws with 26 seconds to play sealed the 84-78 win.
Millender finished with 21 points to lead Wayne State, making 5 of 7 shots from the field and a perfect 11-11 at the charity stripe. Mohr followed with 18 points while Jordan Janssen recorded his fifth straight double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Justin Eagins also hit double digits with 10.
WSC shot 54.2 percent from the field making 26 of 48 shots. The ‘Cats were 8 of 23 from the 3-point line and made 24 of 32 free throws for 75 percent.
Kevion Taylor and Connor Dillon each scored 21 points for Winona State. Owen King also hit double digits with 10.
Winona State made 25 of 56 shots for 44.6 percent, going 14-31 behind the arc along with 14-19 at the free throw line.
WSC won the rebounding battle 33-26 with Janssen grabbing 10 boards for the Wildcats followed by Cody McCullough with six. McCullough also had three blocked shots and three assists.
WSC returns home next weekend to host #19 Sioux Falls in NSIC South Division contests Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Wayne State matched a season-high with 11 3-pointers and outscored Winona State 41-26 in the second half to post a 72-61 NSIC South Division women’s basketball victory over the Warriors Saturday afternoon at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The ‘Cats are now 5-5 and 4-4 in the division while Winona State is 1-5 overall and 1-4 in the NSIC South Division.
A fast paced first quarter featured five lead changes and three ties before Wayne State closed with a 22-19 lead thanks to seven points from senior Erin Norling and a pair of 3-pointers from junior Autumn Mlinar.
Shooting woes hit the Wildcats in the second quarter as WSC made just 3 of 14 shots and Winona State outscored the Wildcats 16-9 in the quarter to take a 35-31 lead at the break.
Trailing 42-40 with 7:17 to play in the third quarter, WSC took the lead for good scoring seven straight points for a 47-42 lead following a Halley Busse 3-pointer.
After Winona State came back to even the score at 47-47, the ‘Cats got a basket from Busse and a 3-pointer from Norling to regain the lead at 52-47 and finished the third quarter with a 55-49 lead.
Winona State got within three a couple of times in the fourth quarter, but each time WSC had an answer and the ‘Cats pulled away late for the 72-61 win.
Wayne State had a 62-58 lead at the midway point of the fourth quarter and built the lead to double digits at 71-60 following a pair of Busse free throws with 1:30 remaining.
Busse and Norling each scored 20 points to lead Wayne State. Autumn Mlinar added 13 for WSC.
Wayne State made 25 of 57 shots for 43.9 percent and went 11-24 from the 3-point line to tie a season-high for treys in a single game. WSC was also 11-14 at the foul line.
Mattie Schimenz had 20 points for Winona State with Caitlin Riley adding 13.
The Warriors were 22 of 51 shooting for 43 percent, going 5 of 21 behind the arc and 12-15 at the line.
WSC held a slim 33-32 edge in rebounding over Winona State as Norling hauled in eight boards for the ‘Cats.
Busse had six assists and four steals for WSC in the win.
The Wildcats will be on the road next weekend for NSIC South Division games at Sioux Falls Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday for a 4 p.m. contest.