Balanced attack leads WSC women over Bemidji State
Eleven different Wildcats scored as the Wildcats coasted to a 77-52 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball win Friday evening over Bemidji State in Bemidji, Minnesota. WSC is now 19-6 and 13-4 in the NSIC while BSU falls to 4-17 and 3-14 in conference play.
Wayne State led for over 35 minutes in a game that only experienced one lead change and two ties. After trailing 6-2 in the opening quarter, the Wildcats went on a 11-5 run to take a 17-11 lead following one quarter of play.
WSC never trailed the rest of the game as the Wildcats used six turnovers to head into the intermission leading 34-24. Freshman Halley Busse scored 10 points in the first half to lead the Wildcat scoring.
The Wildcats went into cruise control in the second half as they outscored the Beavers 43-28 in the final two quarters. Halley Busse scored six points in the third and Andrea Larson added five.
The final quarter saw Wildcat reserves close out the game shooting 66.7% in the quarter as WSC extended their lead to as much as 27 with 4:58 remaining in the game before ending the game with a 77-52 victory.
Wayne State ended the night shooting 27 of 61 for 44.3 percent, including 4 of 14 from the 3-point line and 19 of 24 from the charity stripe.
Halley Busse led the Wildcats in scoring with 17 points following by Kacie O’Connor with 13 points. Senior Maggie Schulte also added 12 points and 10 rebounds to record her third double-double of the season.
Bemidji State was 20 of 56 from the field for 35.7 percent, going just 3 of 11 from 3-point range and 9 of 14 at the free throw line.
Sierra Senske and Taylor Bray each scored 10 points to lead the Beavers.
BSU edged out WSC 38-37 in rebounds. Maggie Schulte had 10 rebounds for the ’Cats while freshman Erin Norling added six.
Both teams had 26 points in the paint while Wayne State had a 23-6 advantage in points off turnovers.
Maggie Schulte dished out three assists for WSC while senior Paige Ballinger recorded four blocks in the win.