College basketball: Lady Jays get tough in fourth quarter

AARON HAGEN Daily Globe WORTHINGTON -- Taylor Noid knows her team is better in the second half. But on Wednesday, it took Noid and the MInnesota West women's basketball team three quarters to find it's rhythm. MW used a 20-3 run in the fourth qua...

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Tim Middagh/Daily Globe The Minnesota West Lady Jays' Katherin Ihnen (44) comes in fast on Rochester Yellowjackets defenders Paige Overgaard (24) and Jalysa Cutting (12) Wednesday.


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WORTHINGTON -- Taylor Noid knows her team is better in the second half.

But on Wednesday, it took Noid and the MInnesota West women’s basketball team three quarters to find it’s rhythm.

MW used a 20-3 run in the fourth quarter to defeat Rochester 77-58 in a key Southern Division game.


“We usually struggle in the first half,” Noid said. “We’re working on that. But we’re a second-half team. We came out in the second half and did what we had to do.”

The Lady Jays had a slim 51-48 lead entering the fourth quarter after trailing 29-26 at halftime.

“We struggled a little bit in that first half again, but we always say we’re a second-half team,” MW head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka said. “At halftime I said, ‘The great news is we held them to 29. The bad news? We only got 26.’ I said we’re going to be OK.”

Once the clock ran out on the third quarter and the game moved into the fourth, the Lady Jays were more than OK.

Andrea Hinkeldey started the scoring with a shot before Noid made two free throws. Rochester made a free throw, but West answered in a big way.

Ashlynn Wabeke and Noid made consecutive 3s as MW led 61-49. But the Lady Jays weren’t done yet.

Katherin Ihnen scored the next four points before Noid converted a steal into a layup. Hinkeldey scored a basket inside and Tanner Gunnink hit a shot to push the lead to 20 points -- the biggest of the night.

“It was the intensity,” Noid said of the run. “Once we started going, the intensity was with us and it was fun to play.”


Ihnen finished with 25 points and 17 rebounds to lead MW. Noid added 18 points and five assists, while Hinkeldey had 16 points and eight rebounds.

“I was just feeling it,” Noid said. “I was open and I needed to start taking those shots when I’m open. I just felt good and they went in.”

It was a slow start offensively for both teams. It took nearly three minutes before either team would score as Ihnen scored the game’s first basket. Five minutes into the quarter, Rochester led 4-2. The Yellowjackets had a 12-6 advantage after the first quarter.

The Lady Jays doubled their offensive output quickly as they opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run, capped by a 3 from Emily Haubrich that gave MW a 13-12 lead a minute and a half in.

RCTC answered back to lead 18-15, but West went on a 9-0 spurt, highlighted by back-to-back 3s by Noid and Brooklyn Barnett. The Yellowjackets scored the half’s final five points and led 29-26 at the break.

Early on, rebounding was a struggle for West as Rochester had an 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds in the first half. That led to the Yellowjackets attempting 15 more shots than the Lady Jays and scoring 10 second-chance points. But West did better in the second half and outrebounded RCTC in the final 20 minutes.

“We came into halftime and Moz (Hayenga-Hostikka) told us what the rebound percentage was between the both of us,” Noid said. “We’re a really good rebounding team and some of us weren’t boxing out. It takes a team to get rebounds. Once we all started boxing out, we started to get rebounds.”

Ihnen took over out of halftime, scoring 13 third-quarter points as the Lady Jays led 51-48 heading into the final quarter.


“I thought we did a much better job in the second half of executing and our posts did a tremendous job inside,” Hayenga-Hostikka said.

But it was the fourth quarter that proved to be the difference in MW’s victory.

“It’s very exciting,” Noid said. “After the game, we were like, ‘Let’s keep going, let’s keep playing.’ It was awesome.”

West (15-4, 4-2) is off on Saturday and will travel to Fergus Falls on Wednesday.

RCTC 12 29 48 58 MW 6 26 51 77

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Tim Middagh/Daily Globe Taylor Noid (5) of Minnesota West gets ahead or Rochester's Nathalie Ratliff (4) for a jump shot.

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