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College basketball: Lady Jays win without Noid

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Their outstanding sophomore point guard, Taylor Noid, didn't play because she hurt her knee in practice. But the Minnesota West Lady Jays basketball team, coming off a disappointing 75-60 loss Saturday at home to MState-Fergus ...

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Their outstanding sophomore point guard, Taylor Noid, didn’t play because she hurt her knee in practice.

But the Minnesota West Lady Jays basketball team, coming off a disappointing 75-60 loss Saturday at home to MState-Fergus Falls, was in no mood to make excuses Wednesday at Western Tech. Strong defense, led by 5-6 freshman point guard Brooklyn Barnett, helped the Jays to a 65-38 victory.

The Lady Jays are 12-3 on the year.

Barnett, a Milford, Iowa, product, dogged the Cavaliers’ leading scorer, 5-7 sophomore guard Terra Stuttley, throughout the game and held her to just one field goal and three points. It was the job of Barnett to deny the ball to Stuttley -- who averages about 16 points per contest -- and she did it well.

“Wherever (Stuttley) went, Brooklyn went,” said Minnesota West head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka.

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Without Noid, the Jays were a little sluggish on offense early. But freshman post Andrea Hinkeldey finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Tanner Gunnink had 16 points and 15 rebounds. Katherin Ihnen scored 14 points. And Emily Haubrich had four assists to go with her seven points.

“We struggled with turnovers a little bit in the first half,” Hayenga said. “We had, I think, 15 turnovers in the first half, which is our goal for the whole game.”

But the defense, highlighted by strong weak side help, and an excellent rebounding game, carried Minnesota West. The visitors out-rebounded Western Tech 60-34, and 24 of their rebounds were of the offensive variety.

“They basically got one shot and that was it,” Hayenga-Hostikka said.

Meg Leis led Western Tech with 13 points.

Noid is scheduled to get an MRI today. Hayenga-Hostikka said the Lady Jays hope to have her back by next week, but it all depends upon the report.

Lady Jays 28 65

Western Tech 16 38

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