Division II’s 9th ranked Wayne State College women’s basketball team lost 75-69 in overtime to the University of Sioux Falls Saturday evening in the quarterfinals of the NSIC tournament. The Wildcats are now 27-4 on the year and will await to hear about an at-large bid on Sunday, March 9th.
After USF opened the overtime with a 3-pointer, WSC scored the next four points on two Jordan Spencer free throws and a Jaylan Spencer basket to give the Wildcats their lone lead in OT at 66-65. USF then used a three-pointer and a basket by Laura Johnson for a 70-66 lead. WSC did get within one at 70-69 on a Jordan Spencer fast break layup with 41.8 to play. But on the next possession Sioux Falls got a 3-pointer from Jaicee Ulmer in the left corner for a 73-69 lead with 16.7 seconds to play. The Cougars then got two insurance free throws from Johnson with 3.6 left to make the final 75-69.
Jordan Spencer led WSC in scoring with 17 points followed by Millie Niggeling with 15, Jaylan Spencer 14 and Ashton Yossi 10. The Wildcats shot just 33.3 percent from the field on 24 of 72, going just 4 of 18 from the 3-point line and 17 of 27 (63%) from the free throw line.
Southwest Minnesota State put an end to the season for the Wayne State men Sunday evening as the Mustangs beat the Wildcats 68-45 in the NSIC quarterfinals, also played at the Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. WSC ends the season at 9-19.