Wildcats’ 48-game non-conference home win streak snapped

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Black Hills State held Wayne State to just 35 percent shooting and held a 15-0 edge in second chance points to defeat the Wildcats 66-50 Friday in non-conference women’s basketball action at Rice Auditorium.

The loss by the Wildcats snapped a 48-game home court non-conference winning streak dating back to a 66-50 loss to Nebraska-Kearney on Nov. 24, 2008.

The first quarter was close with neither team leading by more than three points as the Wildcats finished with a 14-13 advantage after 10 minutes.

\Wayne State maintained the lead until the midway point of the second quarter when the Yellow Jackets scored eight straight points, highlighted by back to back 3-pointers that put BHSU ahead for good, taking a 32-26 lead into the locker room.

Wayne State was within four of the Yellow Jackets at 34-30 with 8:27 left in the third quarter, but Black Hills State scored the next nine points, holding the Wildcats scoreless for just over three minutes, and took a 43-30 lead. Wayne State was not able to get closer than 12 points after that as the visitors went on to the victory.

Junior guard Lauren Zacharias led Wayne State (2-1) in scoring with 16 points followed by Maya Fitzpatrick with 11. Black Hills State was paced by Danica Kocer with nine points while Kalla Bertram and Ashley Davis had eight points apiece.

Abby Kopecky led the ‘Cats with seven boards followed by Zacharias with six.

Wayne State will open Northern Sun Conference play Tuesday at home, entertaining Augustana at 5:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium. 

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