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College basketball: West women, men prevail


WILLMAR —Half a week to go before a big Southern Division date with Anoka-Ramsey, the Minnesota West women’s and men’s basketball teams stayed on message Wednesday on the road in Willmar.

The Lady Jays defeated Ridgewater 72-61. And the Bluejay men won 82-69.

On Sunday, the West women (13-3 overall, 3-0 in division play) and the West men (12-4, 3-0) host strong Anoka-Ramsey squads expected to contend along with them for 2013-14 conference honors. The A-R women (12-3, 2-0) play the Lady Jays at 1 p.m. at the Center for Health and Wellness and the A-R men (13-2, 2-0 heading into Wednesday night’s game with St. Cloud) take on the Bluejays at 3 p.m.

The Anoka-Ramsey men moved into the No. 7 spot this week in the latest NJCAA Division III national poll.

Lady Jays 72, Ridgewater 61

Kristen Anderson scored 21 points for Minnesota West against the Warriors, also pulling down nine rebounds.

Tiffany Gehl contributed 15 points while Lydia Kemper and Lindsey Drooger added 12 apiece for the visitors.

“We got off to a pretty good start,” said Lady Jays head coach Mike Fury.

West led 13-6 at the 12-minute mark and went on a 7-0 run to take the game to intermission. The Jays then scored the first five points of the second half to assume a 46-22 advantage.

Brittney Hermeling, who had seven points, grabbed nine rebounds to help her Lady Jays. Kemper had seven rebounds. Drooger finished with three assists and Bridget Kramer had three steals.

Raeann Sorenson scored 13 points to lead the Warriors (8-5).

Minnesota West hit 42 percent of its field goals to Ridgewater’s 27 percent and enjoyed a 45-41 rebounding edge.

Lady Jays 41 72

Ridgewater 22 61

LADY JAYS (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Hermeling 2-0-1-7, Kramer 1-1-0-5, Kemper 0-5-2-12, Gehl 1-3-6-15, Drooger 4-0-0-12, Andersen 1-6-6-21. Totals 9-15-15-72.

RIDGEWATER (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Kalenberg 2-1-4-12, Schumacher 0-0-5-5, Jensen 0-1-0-2, Kramer 0-3-0-6, Sorenson 2-2-3-13, Wuertz 0-1-0-2, Ampe 0-4-3-11. Totals 4-12-15-51.

Bluejays 82, Ridgewater 69

Minnesota West doused Ridgewater by taking a 37-33 halftime lead and stretching it. At one point in the second half, the Bluejays led by 67-51. The Warriors could not come back, their shots getting flatter in the later stages.

Jordan Thomas and Jackson Seitzinger led West with 16 points apiece. Derek Buysse and Cody Harris each scored 12.

Beau Herrig scored 24 points to lead Ridgewater.

The Bluejays’ zone defense did the trick Wednesday, allowing Ridgewater (5-10) to connect on only four of 22 three-point field goals.

West also enjoyed a slim rebounding advantage, 40-39.

Bluejays 37 82

Ridgewater 33 69

BLUEJAYS (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Hodges 0-4-0-8, Thomas 2-5-0-16, Murry 1-1-0-5, Seitzinger 0-6-4-16, Buysse 0-5-2-12, Bell 0-1-0-2, Fischer 0-3-0-6, Lupton 0-2-1-5, Harris 0-5-2-12. Totals 3-32-9-82.

RIDGEWATER (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Kromah 0-5-11, Lockett 0-5-1-11, Leuze 1-0-0-3, Rickheim 0-1-2-4, Smith 0-3-0-6, Herrig 0-10-4-24, Mohamud 3-0-1-10. Totals 4-24-9-69.