WSC Women’s Basketball Start Season 2-0

Zach Nunnenkamp, Sports Writer

Wayne State College defeats Chadron State College 84-71 on Wednesday, Nov. 16 in Chadron.  

CSC ended the first quarter leading WSC. The Eagles led by as much as seven points at the five-minute mark in the first quarter. WSC shot 40% from the floor while CSC shot 62.5% from the floor. The Wildcats made four three pointers and the Eagles made three during the first quarter. 

WSC outscored CSC 21-15 in the second quarter to take a 42-38 lead at halftime. The Wildcats shot 30.4% from the floor while the Eagles shot 40% from the floor. WSC added two three pointers during the quarter while CSC made just one. WSC size helped them out-rebound the Eagles, winning 14-10 on the glass. 

WSC opened the third quarter on a 15-4 scoring run. They went on to outscore the Eagles 29-15 during the third quarter. The Wildcats shot 71.4% from the floor while CSC made just four shots and had a shooting percentage of 30.8%. WSC went 4-5 from three-point range while CSC went 1-3. The Wildcats also had an 18-point lead in the closing seconds of the third quarter. 

The Eagles ended up outscoring the Wildcats 18-13 in the fourth quarter, but it is not enough as WSC wins 84-71. The Wildcats made just three shots during the quarter, shooting 20%. 

CSC ended the game with a higher shooting percentage and three-point percentage than WSC. The Wildcats had 43 rebounds compared to 40 from the Eagles. A good Wildcat defense was able to cause the Eagles to have 25 turnovers to just 15 of their own. The Wildcats bench contributed to this win, scoring 44 of their points. Both teams had 17 points coming from free throws. 

WSC was led in scoring by senior point guard Lauren Zacharias with 17 points. She also led the team with 8 rebounds and had the most assists with five. Sophomore Delaney Clark added 14 points and shot 4-8 from three-point range. The Eagles were led in scoring by sophomore forward Ashayla Powers who had a game high 20 points. She also led her team with 10 rebounds. 

WSC remains unbeaten and is 2-0 while CSC drops to 0-3. The Wildcats next game is Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Augustana in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. That will be the first conference game of the season for the Wildcats.