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Nicole Gruntorad Wagner
Nicole Gruntorad Wagner played two seasons at Wayne State (2004-05/2005-06) after transferring here from Nebraska-Kearney. The Kearney native was a First Team All-NSIC selection both seasons at Wayne State and was named the NSIC Player of the Year as a senior in 2005-06, helping WSC to a 27-4 record and the schools’ first-ever trip to the NCAA Division II National Tournament. In her first season (2004-05) at Wayne State, Gruntorad Wagner averaged 13.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game leading WSC to a 20-11 record. She ranked second in the NSIC in 3-point field goals per game, third in free throw percentage (.824) and fifth in 3-point FG percentage (.406) and seventh in scoring. As a senior in 2005-06, Gruntorad was First Team All-NSIC, NSIC Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the NSIC Red Baron Basketball Classic hosted by WSC by leading the Wildcats to the NSIC regular season and post season tournament titles with a 27-4 record and the schools’ first-ever trip to the NCAA North Central Regional in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Gruntorad Wagner averaged 13.4 points, 4.23 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game, leading NCAA Division II that season in 3-point field goal percentage (.486). She was named WBCA/Kodak All-Central Region Second Team and ended the school year named WSC Female Athlete of the Year. Nicole was inducted into the WSC Athletic Hall of Fame on October 29, 2022.