Wayne State women come home with weekend split

Wayne State ended St. Cloud State’s 10-game winning streak to highlight a road split in women’s basketball over the weekend.

Erin Norling and Halley Busse each scored 20 points to lead the Wayne State to a convincing 79-58 win Friday at St. Cloud State, snapping the Huskies’ 10-game win streak.

St. Cloud State opened the game with a 3-pointer, then Wayne State held the Huskies scoreless over the next 5:31 while going on a 15-3 run on their way to a 21-10 first-quarter advantage.

The Wildcats maintained a double digit lead in the second quarter, holding the Huskies scoreless for another stretch of 5:12, to take a 37-20 lead into the locker room, and the Huskies never got closer than 12 after that.

Wayne State continued the pressure on the Huskies in the third quarter, starting the second half with a 13-3 run, to take their biggest lead of the game at 50-23 with 5:32 to play in the third quarter. The Huskies got as close as 12 with less than six minutes to go, but Norling hit a 3-pointer and Josey Ryan hit a basket and a 3-pointer to kill any hopes of a Huskie comeback.

Norling led Wayne State with 23 points on 10-of-20 shooting. Busse followed with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 4-for-8 behind the arc. Kylie Hammer also hit double figures with 10 points. Norling had eight rebounds and Awoti Akoi and Brittany Bongartz each had six. Busse handed out five assists and had three steals.

On Saturday, Minnesota Duluth outscored Wayne State 20-8 in the second quarter to take control and come away with a 77-54 victory over the Wildcats at Romano Gymnasium in Duluth, Minn.

The first quarter was a high-scoring, back-and-forth 10 minutes of play with the Wildcats leading much of the quarter before ending in a 22-22 tie.

The host Bulldogs then took control in the second quarter as Duluth held Wayne State to just 3-of-16 shooting for 18 percent, closing with a 10-2 run to take a 42-30 halftime advantage.

The Bulldogs used efficient shooting in the second half, going 15-of-30 from the floor, and did not allow any chance of a Wildcat comeback. Wayne State ended the game making just 2-of-12 shots in the final quarter.

Norling paced Wayne State in scoring with 22 points and eight rebounds. Bongartz also reached double digits with 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

The Wildcats (16-8, 11-7 NSIC) are home this weekend, hosting Concordia-St. Paul Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Minnesota State Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium.

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