College basketball: West men, women look good up north
Saturday Minnesota West basketball results:
CLOQUET -- The Northern trip was a good one for the Minnesota West women's basketball team Saturday.
A day after defeating Central Lakes, the Lady Jays took care of Fond du Lac to finish their road trip 2-0.
"I really felt like we came in and just took care of a lot of things you need to do, even in a game that gets a little bit out of control," MW head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka said. "We only had nine turnovers, so that's a first for us this year to keep it in single digits."
The turnover bug had plagued the Lady Jays early in the season, but they only had 16 the previous game and took care of the ball against the Thunder as West had 21 assists. Meanwhile, Minnesota West finished with 30 steals.
"They were fired up," Hayenga-Hostikka said. "Our team goal is to have 16 turnovers or less."
Lexie Ramsey scored 22 points to go with seven rebounds, seven steals and three assists. Haley Unke scored 17 points, dished out seven assists and had two steals. Avery Van Roekel scored 15, while Emily Shaffer had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Ashlyn Rosenberg scored 13 points. M'Kayla Mike charted five steals and five assists.
West improves to 4-7 this season and will return home on Wednesday against Little Priest Tribal College -- a team that defeated MW in overtime in the first game of the season.
"We've been talking about our struggles in this preseason but the goal is to keep getting better," Hayenga-Hostikka said. "After Christmas is when they really start to count. Coming into this road trip 2-7, that's what we were talking about, we can't do anything about our record, but we can start to focus on cleaning up some of the things we've been struggling with. Maybe today is a big step."
Minnesota West 14 47 64 107
Fond du Lac 5 15 19 25Men's College BasketballMinnesota West 111, Fond du Lac 73
CLOQUET -- In a game that 13 of the 14 players scored, Minnesota West played well offensively and defensively in a victory over Fond du Lac.
"We played well," MW head coach Taylor Lupton said. "I was happy."
The Bluejays were ahead 54-47 at halftime, but did a better job on the Thunder in the second half.
"We gave up 26 points in the second half," Lupton said. "We were attacking the basket well and we shot free throws well. We were not half bad on three-point shots, either."
West, which made six of 16 shots from deep, was also helped by three dunks in the game. Emmanuel Akot had two and Gary Smith had one.
"Manny's were actually back-to-back," Lupton said. "One was on a fast break and one was in half court. Gary was in half court. That pretty exciting."
Deshawn Pickford and Akot each scored 22 points for West, with Akot adding 11 rebounds. Chris Morales and Smith each scored 12 points.
The Bluejays return home on Wednesday against Little Priest Tribal College.
Minnesota West 54 111
Fond du Lac 47 73