College basketball: Minnesota West loses two in Rochester
ROCHESTER -- The road was unkind to the Minnesota West basketball teams Thursday night. The women lost to Rochester 78-61, and the men lost 70-67.
Rochester 78, Lady Jays 61
Emily Shaffer led the Lady Jays' in scoring with 19 points and 10 rebounds but Minnesota West fell short to Rochester.
Emily Schroer scored an additional 11 points for Minnesota West. M'Kayla Mike dished out five assists. The Lady Jays had issues with foul trouble and surrendering 22 turnovers.
Rochester's leading scorer was Olivia Matti who had a double-double, scoring a game-high 26 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
Rochester was able to get the Lady Jays out of their comfort zone by pressing the entire game. The Lady Jays struggled with 3-point shooting, making a mere 20 percent.
Minnesota West travels to Fergus Fall on Saturday for a pivotal match that has heavy post-season implications.
Lady Jays 23 37 46 61
Rochester 20 44 57 78
Rochester 70, Bluejays 67
In a tight contest, the Yellowjackets moved out from a 41-41 halftime tie to down Minnesota West by three.
The loss dropped the Bluejays to 7-10 on the year and it was their fifth straight loss.
West led by double figures at one point in the first half, but allowed the Jackets to fight back. The second half was played evenly. Rochester assumed a 5-point lead with a minute and a half to go. The lead was cut to three points and West had the ball with one last chance to tie -- but a 3-point shot was missed.
Karmoga Lero led Rochester with 16 points, and Naa'il Mahdi added 14.
Deshawn Pickford had six assists and Tor had 10 rebounds.
"We've had a lot of games now where it's come down to the wire. Right now, we can't get over that wire," said West head coach Taylor Lupton.
Bluejays 41 67
Rochester 41 70