St. Cloud State men, women handle Wildcats

The St. Cloud State men’s and women’s basketball teams came to Wayne Friday and left with wins over the Wildcats in NSIC action at Rice Audtiorium.

In the women’s game, St. Cloud State opened the third quarter with a 21-6 run to take control and come away with a 78-67 win, ending Wayne State’s 13-game winning streak against the Huskies dating back to the 2008-2009 season.

The visiting Huskies held the lead the entire first quarter, building a 12-6 lead before the Wildcats reduced the deficit to 18-17 at the end of the quarter on a Brittany Bongartz layup.

Wayne State took their first lead of the contest at 19-18 early in the second quarter on a Erin Norling basket, and the two teams traded six lead changesm with Wayne State’s final lead coming at 26-25 on a Halley Busse layup with 3:46 to play in the half. St. Cloud then built at 34-29 lead and ended the half with a 34-32 advantage.

The Huskies took control of the game in the third quarter, opening with a 21-6 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 55-38 with 2:03 to play third quarter.

St. Cloud State maintained a double digit lead most of the fourth quarter until Wayne State made one final push. With SCSU leading 69-54 at the 5:05 mark, the Wildcats got as close as seven at 72-65 and again at 74-67 following an Andrea Larson layup before the Huskies made four free throws in the final 24 seconds for the final margin.

Bongartz led Wayne State with 21 points and 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Norling also reached double digits with 17 points.

Kylie Hammer and Norling each had three assists for Wayne State while Halley Busse and Bongartz each recorded two steals.

In men’s action, St. Cloud State outscored Wayne State in the second half 51-37, thanks to a 46-point outburst from Gage Davis, as the Huskies overpowered the Wildcats 91-79.

The Wildcats got off to a quick start, taking a 14-5 lead on St. Cloud State just over six minutes into the contest. Wayne State still led 21-16 at the 9:52 mark following a Trevin Joseph jumper, but St. Cloud State used a 9-2 run and took the lead at 25-24.

Trailing 32-28 at the 4:17 mark, Wayne State closed the first half strong and took a 42-40 lead at intermission.

The Wildcats opened the second half with the first points, a layup by Jordan Janssen, for a 44-40 lead. St. Cloud State then took control of the contest with a 17-3 run, taking a 57-47 lead on a Jace Kitchen 3-pointer with 15:04 to play.

A Joseph 3-pointer got the Wildcats as close as eight at 60-52, but the Huskies and Gage Davis took over and pushed the lead to 17 at 77-60 and coasted to the win.

Jordan Janssen scored a career-high 20 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Kendall Jacks finished with 18 followed by Vance Janssen (15) and Trevin Joseph (13).

Jacks handed out a career-high seven assists for Wayne State, while Nick Ferrarini and Vance Janssen each had two steals.

The Wayne Herald

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