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Wildcats sweep past Concordia-St. Paul

January 28, 2019

WAYNE – After a dismal Saturday which saw the Wayne State men and women’s basketball teams drop a double-header with Minnesota State, the Wildcat teams responded with back-to-back wins over Concordia-St. Paul on Sunday.

The WSC men used a methodical performance to drop the Golden Bears 77-68 while the Wildcat women ran away from C-SP 71-49.

The Wayne State men led by three at the half but put some space between the two teams midway through the second 20 minutes.

After Nick Ferrarini hit a three with 9:48 left in the half to break a 49-49 stalemate, Kendall Jacks took a Trevon Joseph pass just outside the paint, two of his team-high 21 points, to make it 54-49.

A long ball by the Golden Bear’s Lee Higgins made it 54-52, but a traditional three-point play by Jacks and a couple of free throws from Jordan Janssen put the Wildcats up 59-52 with 7:51 to go in the contest.

“These back-to-back games are really tough mentally,” WSC coach Jeff Kaminsky said. “It took us a while to get going today – but we got things going our way in the second half.”

Concordia-St. Paul responded with a bucket but Ferrarini splashed another three before Vance Janssen hit a shot in the paint.

Ferrarini hit a pair of free throws and with 4:56 left, the Wildcat lead hit double-digits, 66-56.

“We try to steady with our defense,” Kaminsky said. “We told our guys at the half to make it difficult for them to score – I felt we did that the second half.”

The Wayne State lead would grow to a dozen later in the half after two charity tosses from Vance Janssen and the Wildcats held on for the 77-68 final.

“We’re happy where we’re at for the season,” Kaminsky said. “But we still have a lot of work ahead of us.”

In the women’s game, the Wildcats sprinted to a 20-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

“We came out with a bit of a junk defense to begin the game,” WSC coach Brent Pollari said. “It kind of caught them off guard and we held them to 1-for-22 behind the three-point line.”

Wayne State went into the half with the 11-point advantage then added to it in the final two frames.

“We always talk about the ‘process’ and focusing on us,” Pollari said. “We just need to make sure we get better every day, every practice and every game.”

Erin Norling and Halley Busse each poured in 18 points to pace the Wildcats.

The Wildcat men will remain on top in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference south division with the win over the Golden Bears and a 10-4 conference record. WSC is 15-5 overall.

MEN’S GAME

C-SP 33 35 – 68

WSC 36-41 – 77

CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL (8-12, 3-11): Elliot Kane 2 2-2 6; Isaiah McKay 10 1-1 23; Bryndan Matthews 5 4-4 15; Max Keefe 2 0-0 5; Cody Carlson 5 3-4 13; Lee Higgins 1 0-0 3; Noah Kannegieser 1 0-0 3.

WAYNE STATE COLLEGE (15-5, 10-4): Kendall Jacks 8 5-5 21; Trevin Joseph 3 5-8 13; Nick Ferrarini 2 2-2 8; Vance Janssen 4 2-2 10; Jordan Janssen 4 7-7 15; Al’Tavius Jackson 2 0-0 5; Nate Thayer 1 0-0 3; Ben Dentlinger 1 0-0 2.

WOMEN’S GAME

C-SP 9 17 10 13 – 49

WSC 20 17 14 20 – 71

CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL (14-5,10-4): Sidney Wentland 0 1-2 1; Kyrah Fredenburg 1 0-0 3; Anna Schmitt 6 1-2 13; Lexi Lee 2 0-0 4; Lindsay Dorr 6 6-8 18; Danialle Schaub 1 0-0 2; Riley Wheatcraft 1 0-0 2; Ayla Lemke 1 4-6 6.

WAYNE STATE COLLEGE (13-7, 8-6): Maggie Lowe 1 0-0 3; Erin Norling 6 6-8 18; Halley Busse 6 2-2 18; Andrea Larson 3 2-2 9; Brittany Bongartz 2 4-4 8; Haley Vesey 0 4-4 4; Autumn Mlinar 1 1-2 3; Kylie Hammer 1 0-2 2; Taylor Wangerin 2 2-3 6.

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