The Wayne State women at 26-3 on the season, have cracked the top 10 of the Division II national rankings, moving up in the polls from 11th to 9th. The NSIC regular season champion Wildcats will host Bemidji State Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in Rice Auditorium to open the first round of the NSIC Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Wayne State clinched a third NSIC regular season crown in four seasons Saturday with a 78-56 road win at Upper Iowa, finishing 19-3 in league play. BSU brings a 9-17 record to Wayne, going 5-17 in the NSIC North. The two teams met once this season with WSC winning 87-41 in Wayne on January 11th.
Senior Ellen Hansen moved into seventh place on the all-time rebounding chart for WSC women’s basketball last weekend. The Ames, Iowa graduate grabbed 16 rebounds last weekend and now has 716 career boards, passing Deb Nygren’s 701 rebounds from 1982-86.
Junior guard Ashton Yossi needs 22 points to become the latest member of the 1,000 point club at WSC. She has 978 career points following last weekend’s play. She is also moving up the career 3-point list at WSC and currently has 172 to rank sixth on the career list. She needs 10 treys to move past Mary Schnitzler (181 from 1989-93) for fifth on the all-time list.
Junior forward Jordan Spencer has attempted the second-most free throws in a single season by a Wildcat player. Entering Wednesday’s game vs. Bemidji State, Spencer is 120 of 196 from the foul line (61.2%). Only Ashley Arlen, with 218 free throws attempted in the 2011-12 season, has shot more free throws in a single season.
WSC is 69-5 at home over the last five seasons in Rice Auditorium.