Wayne State Athletics
Five players scored in double figures as No. 6 Wayne State remained unbeaten in Northern Sun Conference play with a 79-65 win against St. Cloud State. With the win, the Wildcats now have a 16-game win streak, the second longest in school history, and improve to 17-1 overall and 14-0 in the NSIC while St. Cloud State is now 9-9 on the season and 6-8 in league play.
The Wildcats never trailed in the game, jumping out to an early 8-0 lead in the first 2:45 of the game. After St. Cloud State pulled within 8-4, WSC went on a 13-0 run over the next 3:01 to take a commanding 21-4 lead with 13:12 to go in the first half following a jumper from Eva Benson. Wayne State’s biggest lead in the first half was 18 points at 30-12 on a Julie Ann Wagner 3-pointer with 7:31 remaining in the half as the Wildcats built a 44-28 lead at halftime.
Wayne State maintained its double digit lead for the entire second half with the ‘Cats biggest lead coming at 21 points at 57-36 on a Clare Duwelius 3-pointer with 13:08 to play. Late in the game St. Cloud State got as close as 12 points at 73-61 and the Wildcats went on to the 79-65 win.
Junior forward Ashley Arlen led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points and 13 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the year. Clare Duwelius contributed 14 points followed by Eva Benson with 12. Mara Hjelle and Julie Ann Wagner each recorded 10 points in the win as WSC finished the game shooting 43.3 percent from the field making 29 of 67 shots. The ‘Cats were 7 of 25 behind the 3-point line and 14 of 16 from the charity stripe.
Amanda Wagner was the top scorer for St. Cloud State with 13 points while Sam Price and Aaryn Booker poured in 11 points apiece for the Huskies. SCSU made 24 of 56 shots from the field for 42.9 percent, connecting on 6 of 15 3-pointers while making 11 of 16 free throws.
Wayne State held a 38-36 edge in rebounding thanks to Arlen’s game-high 13 rebounds while St. Cloud State’s top rebounder was Aaryn Booker with eight. The Wildcats forced SCSU into 19 turnovers while WSC had just 11. Wayne State had 33 bench points in the win and had 27 points off St. Cloud State turnovers in the win.