WORTHINGTON Early in the season, the Minnesota West women's basketball team has caught the turnover bug.
After struggling with them in the first game an overtime loss to Little Priest Tribal College turnovers were again a problem in Friday night's game at the 15th Annual Sanford Worthington Basketball Classic.
"We're two games in now and we're averaging 37 turnovers per game," MW head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka said. "If you're going to turn it over 36 times, we're going to be 0 for however many games we play. I said there's good news and bad news. The bad news is we're 0-2 and we average 37 turnovers a game. The good news is we really don't have anywhere to go but up."
West had 36 turnovers in Friday's 78-42 loss to Northwestern JV.
"It's almost like we're scared," Hayenga-Hostikka said. "It's like the ball is a hot potato and we want to get rid of it so fast. Honestly, we had 36 turnovers and I bet the other half of the passes we made were tipped. We didn't make a good pass all night."
The Lady Jays hung tough early. A steal and layup from Emily Shaffer (18 points, seven rebounds) had West within five, 24-19, midway through the second quarter. However, the Red Raiders scored the next seven points to eventually take a 35-23 lead at halftime.
Northwestern pushed the lead to 20 points in a third quarter that saw MW commit 11 turnovers.
"We made 14 shots and we had 36 turnovers," Hayenga-Hostikka said. "We had almost two and a half times as turnovers as shots made. My gosh, we only shot the ball 46 times."
The Red Raiders started to run away from the Jays in the fourth quarter as they used a 15-0 run to push the lead to 30.
"Then it starts to snowball," Hayenga-Hostikka said. "All that turnover does is give them confidence. It's like piranhas with blood in the water."
That deficit went to 40 (78-38) in the final two minutes.
"We have a lot of work to do, there's no doubt about that," Hayenga-Hostikka said. "But like I said, we have nowhere to go but up. We can't do anything about it. I said we can't do anything about the terrible eight quarters we've played so far. We can't change them, so in each quarter right now what we're trying to do is get better. Just take care of the basketball let's see what actually happens if we take care of the basketball."
The Lady Jays are back in action today against Dordt JV.Northwestern JV 20 35 54 78Minnesota West 12 23 34 42