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Lady Jays run away from Lady Spartans, 79-45

WORTHINGTON -- There's no place like home for the Minnesota West women's basketball team.

For the second game in a row in the friendly confines of the Worthington campus of Minnesota West, the Lady Jays used a barrage of 3-pointers to secure a 79-45 victory over visiting MSCTC-Fergus Falls Wednesday in a MCCC Southern Division contest.

"The white uniforms have been good for us," Minnesota West head coach Mike Fury said. "In the division, we've played three good games at home. It's fun to be home."

Coming off two consecutive losses on the road, the Lady Jays (2-3, 9-9) got back to .500 overall with the victory.

"It's so good to get a 'W'," Fury said. "Even though we only lost two in a row, you kind of question yourself."

West shot 11-of-22 from beyond the arc, while Fergus Falls did not hit a long-range shot in 17 chances.

"It's only one more point than a two, but it's such a momentum factor," Fury said. "I can hardly stand it when they are scored against us; I just hate them. But when we're making them, it's great."

Stacy Bush made seven of the team's 11 treys, and ended with 27 points. Along with Ashlee Domine (21 points), the two starters outscored Fergus Falls (0-5, 9-7), 48-45.

Domine started the scoring for Minnesota West with a 3-point play, and after a basket from Rosie Lewis (nine points, six rebounds), West had a 5-2 lead.

A pair of free throws from Krista Shakioski (12 points) pulled the Lady Spartans within one point, 5-4.

However, the Lady Jays answered with a 17-4 run, highlighted by eight points from Bush, and a trey from Ashley Neperman (seven points, nine rebounds) and Ashley Kirk (12 points).

Leading 22-8, the MW offense went cold, as neither team scored for nearly four minutes.

"That's just good basketball the whole game," Fury said following the game. "We had a little spurt in the first half with about six minutes left where we had 22 points and we got stuck on 22. But then we kind of opened it up before the half, and it was a nice ballgame."

In the final 12 minutes, eight of MW's final nine field goals were from beyond the arc, as the Lady Jays ended the first half on a 12-0 run and had a 37-12 lead at the break.

"It doesn't matter who you are playing, when you only give up 12 points in a half, that's incredible," Fury said. "It has to be a credit to our D, and we're going to take that credit tonight."

Fergus Falls attempted more field goals in the first half than the Lady Jays (28-26), but made only five, and shot just 17 percent.

"It was so physical, we couldn't get anything; I think that hurt us in the first half," Fergus Falls head coach Ann Williams said. "I don't know, 17 percent is 17 percent; we didn't shoot well."

With five points from Lewis and a pair of free throws from Kirk, the Lady Jays opened up a 44-14 lead early in the second half.

FF was able to hit a trio of free throws, but a putback from Domine and a pair of free throws from Bush pushed the lead to 50-17.

Shakioski made the first field goal for the Lady Spartans with 14:30 left in the game, and FF used the momentum to go on an 8-0 run.

However, Minnesota West would not let the Lady Spartans back into the game, and went on to the 34-point victory.

"Everybody did a nice job; we put pressure on the ball," Fury said. "They have some good players, and we did a nice job on the point, so defense was a key. Offensively, that's probably as good as we've played. We hit some nice 3s in the first half."

Minnesota West will be off for a week but hope to continue its hot shooting at home against Ridgewater Wednesday night.

Fergus Falls 12 33 -- 45

Minnesota West 37 42 -- 79

Fergus Falls (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) Halvorson 0-1-0-2, Peterson 0-3-3-9, Qustoriff 0-2-0-4, Blair 0-2-0-4, Kolle 0-2-0-4, Moore 0-4-2-10, Shakioski 0-3-6-12. Totals 0-17-11-45.

MW (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) Neperman 2-0-1-7, Domine 1-6-6-21, Bush 7-2-2-27, Lewis 0-4-1-9, Kirk 1-2-5-12, Vaske 0-1-0-2, Mischke 0-0-1-1. Totals 11-15-16-79.