College basketball: Lady Jays don't get the call, don't get the win in OT
FERGUS FALLS -- The offense didn't click, and then the defense struggled, too, for the Minnesota West Lady Jays basketball team in an 81-74 overtime loss to MState-Fergus Falls Wednesday night.
FERGUS FALLS -- The offense didn’t click, and then the defense struggled, too, for the Minnesota West Lady Jays basketball team in an 81-74 overtime loss to MState-Fergus Falls Wednesday night.
Things didn’t go West’s way from the start, said head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka. And at the end of regulation -- when the visitors might have been able to win the game -- things didn’t go West’s way either.
The Jays trailed the Spartans by six points with about a minute and a half remaining, but fought back. Minnesota West had the last possession as 5-6 freshman guard Emily Haubrich drove to the hoop whereupon Hayenga-Hostikka thought she was fouled. But there was no call and no basket.
The referees, she said, “swallowed their whistle.”
With the score tied 68-68 heading into overtime, West turned the ball over on its first possession. MState-Fergus Falls took the lead, stretched it, and the Jays were unable to claw their way back.
The loss moved Minnesota West to 15-5 on the season and 4-3 in division play. MState became 6-2 in the division.
“We didn’t play particularly well most of the game. We didn’t execute on offense,” Hayenga-Hostikka said, adding that the poor offensive start carried over to the defense. “We just had too many breakdowns defensively. Gave them too many easy baskets.”
Haubrich finished with 16 points for Minnesota West. Katherin Ihnen had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Andrea Hinkeldey scored 12 points. Taylor Noid had 11 points and nine assists. And Tanner Gunnink added 10 points with nine rebounds.
Lydia Klemetson scored 26 points to lead MState, and teammate Haley Poehler scored 15. To their credit, the Spartans matched up well against the Jays inside and frustrated their attempts to score near the rim.
The Lady Jays converted only 10 of 19 free throws and committed 23 turnovers against a Spartans team that didn’t press.
“We just kind of let one slip away here,” Hayenga-Hostikka said.
Lady Jays 18 32 50 68 74MState-Fergus Falls 19 38 54 68 81