Lady Jays settle for second place in division, fall to Rochester 74-69
ROCHESTER -- The Minnesota West Lady Jays’ goal of winning the Southern Division in women’s basketball fell short Saturday with a 74-69 loss to host Rochester Community College.
The result ended Rochester’s regular season at 13-1 in the division while West finished 11-3.
But both teams will enter Region 13 action next week. Matchups and times are yet to be determined.
Also Saturday, Rochester defeated the Minnesota West men 90-68.
Rochester 74, Lady Jays 69
After a first quarter that saw Rochester put up a slim 24-20 lead, the Yellowjackets outscored the Lady Jays 22-5 in the second quarter. West bounced back in the third but couldn’t finish the job.
Emily Breske scored 14 points with 14 rebounds for West. Tia Murray had 14 points and five assists, and Macie Werdel also scored 14 points. Mackenzie Post had 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals for the Jays.
Olivia Christianson scored 20 points to lead the Jackets.
Minnesota West hit 45.6 percent of its field goals compared to 36.4 percent for Rochester. But the hosts hit 19 of 28 free throws to West’s 12 of 16.
Lady Jays 20 25 53 69
Rochester 24 46 61 74
Rochester 90, Bluejays 68
Out-rebounding Minnesota West 57-31, Rochester kept the Bluejays at arm’s length.
Keivonte Watts and Quentin Williams both tallied 19 points in a balanced Yellowjacket offensive effort.
Amos Alford paced the West offense with 29 points while also getting 10 boards. Steve Ndumbe had 17 points and Bubba Sohn had 10.
Bluejays 33 68
Rochester 42 90