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College basketball: Minnesota West ready to start postseason tournaments

WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota West men's and women's basketball teams are on the verge of Region 13 tournament play, and for one of the teams, that tournament will take place at home.

WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota West men's and women's basketball teams are on the verge of Region 13 tournament play, and for one of the teams, that tournament will take place at home.

The Lady Jays, winners of the MCAC Southern Division, will host the tournament in Worthington beginning Saturday. The Bluejay men go on the road on Friday for the first game of their tournament.

The Minnesota West women captured the division championship outright on Sunday in a 72-68 victory over Rochester in a battle of two teams tied 12-1 in division play. That win not only won the conference, but it qualified head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka's Lady Jays to host the Region 13 tourney this weekend.

Top-seeded Minnesota West will open against Ridgewater in a 2 p.m. Saturday contest at the Center for Health and Wellness on the Worthington campus. In the other first-round game at 4 p.m., Rochester will play Anoka-Ramsey.

The championship game will be Sunday.

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Meanwhile, the Minnesota West men get a one-day head start with the MCAC state tournament. The Bluejays, seeded fourth, will play the No. 1 seed from the Northern Division, Rainy River, at 1 p.m. Friday in Coon Rapids. Other games will feature Rochester vs. Central Lakes at 3 p.m., Anoka-Ramsey vs. Mesabi Range at 5 p.m. and Riverland vs. Vermilion at 7 p.m.

Action continues Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

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