Lady Jays down Beavers, 89-76
WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota West got ahead quick and never looked back.
In a hot night offensively, the Lady Jays had four players score at least 14 points in their 89-76 win over the Buena Vista JV team Tuesday night in a women's college basketball game.
And that kind of offensive effort didn't leave head coach Mike Fury with many negative thoughts.
"Eighty-nine points is a real good night of offense, so I'm real happy," Fury said. "We got it going right from the get-go. We built a nice little lead and I think it was a good effort."
Kayla Schroeder scored just eight seconds into the game and MW never trailed from there. The Beavers went on a 12-0 run from the end of the first half and one minute into the second to bring the score to 36-34. But that would be the closest BV came to taking over.
The Lady Jays went on a 14-8 run and just three minutes later had built up a 10-point lead. They rolled from there and with six minutes left in the game, the Lady Jays had as much as a 22-point lead to the final buzzer.
MW was led by Brittany Hulstein who had 27 points. Schroeder added 18 points and three rebounds.
"We got a lead and then it kind of stayed there," Fury said. "We took it to the basket hard, which is what we wanted to do and we never backed up. It was nice to be able to play with the lead the whole game."
Both teams ran into foul trouble down the stretch, with a total of 44 free throws attempted in the second half -- 20 by MW and 24 by BV.
In the last 10 minutes of the game, the Lady Jays scored eight of their final 22 points off foul shots while the Beavers scored 10 of their final 21 from the line.
Fury thought the amount of fouls might have come from sloppy defensive play by both teams, but the players felt different.
"Every night is different as far as what gets called," MW guard Katherine Kazemba said. "Some nights you have stuff that gets called and other nights you don't. I'm not sure how tonight compared to most nights, so it's hard to say if we were sloppy or too aggressive or if calls were being made that we weren't used to."
But despite that blemish, Fury was impressed with the Lady Jays defensive efforts, especially when the Beavers had their share of offensive threats as well.
BV was led by Crystal Davis who had 22 points -- 18 off 3-pointers -- and Becca Pennington, who tallied 20 points.
"We always make somebody look really good it seems and I guess tonight it was Crystal Davis," Fury said. "What are you going to do? They played hard and so did we. We did a lot of good things and it was a good game."
BV JV 32 44 -- 76
MN West 36 53 -- 89
BV JV (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) Davis 6-1-2-22, Lynott 0-3-10-16, Pennington 2-5-4-20, Hanish 0-1-2-4, Hansman 0-2-4-8, Ollendieck 1-1-2-7. Totals 9-13-23-76.
MN West (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) Koehl 1-1-3-8, Ebbers 0-0-1-1, Kazemba 0-0-1-1, Drooger 2-3-2-14, Hadler 0-3-0-6, Hulstein 1-9-6-27, Schroeder 2-5-2-18, Granstra 0-7-0-14. Totals 6-28-15-89.