Women lose fourth straight, men fall to Duluth
It was a rough weekend for the Wayne State basketball teams, as both the men and women dropped their second straight home game of the weekend on Saturday.
In women’s action, Wayne State College had a season-high 25 turnovers as the Wildcats suffered their fourth straight loss with a 79-57 setback to Minnesota Duluth, falling to 13-11 overall and 8-10 in NSIC play.
After Wayne State started the game with a 7-4 lead, Minnesota Duluth took the lead with an 11-0 run to grab a 15-7 lead. The Wildcats got within three at 15-12, but UMD closed the opening stanza with a 21-14 lead.
Duluth held several leads of nine points early in the second quarter, but the host Wildcats rallied and took a short-lived lead at 31-30 on a Maggie Lowe 3-pointer with 2:57 to play in the quarter. The Bulldogs closed the quarter with a 9-2 run to take the lead for good at 39-33 at intermission.
The Wildcats stayed close with UMD early in the third quarter and trailed by four points (41-37) with 8:40 to play. Duluth used an 11-2 run to take control of the game for a 52-39 lead after three quarters, then made 8-of-14 shots in the final period to keep the Wildcats from coming back.
Brittany Bongartz scored 12 points for Wayne State with Erin Norling adding 11. Brooke Olson poured in a game-high 18 points for Minnesota Duluth with Sarah Grow adding 17.
Wayne State had one more rebound than Minnesota Duluth 38-37. Bongartz grabbed eight boards for Wayne State with Haley Vesey adding six. Halley Busse had six of Wayne State’s 13 assists while Bongartz and Amelia Ivester each had two blocks.
In men’s action, Minnesota Duluth held Wayne State to just 27 percent shooting in the second half as the visiting Bulldogs rallied for a 77-72 win.
Both teams shot excellent in the first half that saw Wayne State hold the lead most of the time, but never led by more than five points.
Wayne State used a 3-pointer from Kendall Jacks at the 2:15 mark to take a five point lead at 35-30 and the Wildcats took a 40-36 lead at halftime thanks to a Trevin Joseph trey just before the buzzer.
With the score tied for the seventh and final time at 44-44, Duluth scored seven straight to take a 51-44 lead. The Wildcats closed with four at 55-51 on a Al’Tavius Jackson layup with 9:06 to play, but Duluth answered the run and took their first double digit lead of the game at 64-54 with 5:20 remaining and the Wildcats couldn’t get any closer than four after that.
Jacks led Wayne State (17-7, 12-6 NSIC) with 19 points and moved into sixth place all-time in career scoring at Wayne State with 1,511 points. Jordan Janssen scored 14 followed by Vance Janssen with 12 and Trevin Joseph 11.
Jordan Janssen grabbed eight boards for the Wildcats. Jacks and Vance Janssen each had three assists while Nick Ferrarini had three steals.
The Wayne State teams will be on the road next weekend, visiting Concordia-St. Paul Friday at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Minnesota State Saturday at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.