Wayne State’s men’s basketball team suffered an 84-75 loss to Davenport University, while the women’s team posted a 79-59 win at the Matthaei on Feb.2.
After falling behind early, WSU took an 11-10 lead with 13:16 remaining in the opening half. Both teams would trade leads for most of the period, before a 9-2 Panthers run gave the visitors a 30-25 lead with 3:54 left before halftime.
Two made free throws from senior guard Latin Davis Jr cut Davenport’s lead to 38-36 heading to the intermission.
In the second stanza, both teams continued to alternate possessing the lead, before Davenport used two triples to open up a 52-45 lead with 11:27 remaining in the game.
The visitors would maintain their advantage for most of the half, and after WSU cut its deficit to 71-67, Davenport would use a 9-4 run to seal the victory.
For the game, WSU shot 45.9 percent (28-61) from the field and were lead in scoring by senior forward Jovan Henderson, who scored a career-high 36 points, the most scored by a WSU player since 2006.
It took the women’s team just 20 seconds to find the scoreboard as a layup by freshman forward Sam Cherney put the home team in front. Both teams would alternate leads for most of the period before baskets on their final two possessions gave WSU a 15-11 lead after one quarter.
WSU began the second period on an 11-0 run to extend their lead to 26-11 with 7:48 left in the quarter. The Warriors would extend their advantage to 33-16 before the visitors scored the final seven points of the half to cut WSU’s halftime lead to 33-23.
In the third quarter, Davenport would cut WSU’s lead to 33-29 before the home team used a 16-0 run to extend its lead to 49-29 with 2:20 left in the period. WSU would maintain a double-digit lead for the rest of the quarter, and a layup by sophomore forward Tori Perez as time expired sent WSU into the final period with a 53-36 lead.
In the final period, WSU maintained their double-digit lead, and after the Panthers cut the home team’s advantage to 65-51 with 4:53 remaining, WSU outscored DU 14-8 late to seal the win.
While both teams played on consecutive days due to winter weather moving their respective games back a day, head coach Carrie Lohr said she felt going deep into the team’s rotation was a key for success versus Davenport.
“I thought that every person I put on the floor was completely dialed in,” Lohr said. “I thought the fact that we had fresh legs to come in against Davenport was gonna be a strength for us.”
Junior guard Lyndsey Matus said she was happy to see the team rebound from its game versus GVSU.
“I’m just glad that we were able to go out there and get a great team win,” Matus said. “I liked coach’s style of how she got everybody involved and I think that was an excellent gameplan especially because we were coming off a game last night, and I’m really glad everyone was ready (to play).”
Senior guard/forward Paige Villemure led WSU in scoring with a career-high 16 points, with Matus adding 15 points.
The win increases the women’s record to 11-10 (6-7 GLIAC) on the season, while the men’s record falls to 5-13 (4-9 GLIAC).
Both teams return to the Matthaei versus Wisconsin-Parkside on Feb.14.
Matt Williams is sports editor of The South End. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cover photo by Lauren Bryne