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Hayenga, Hayenga-Hostikka earn top basketball honors

Minnesota West freshman Olivia Hayenga has been selected as the Minnesota College Athletic Conference South Player of the Year.

Hayenga has averaged 19.9 points per game and shot 55.5% from the field along with 69.1% from the line in her 29 games this season. She also has 110 steals, 116 assists and 57 blocks while averaging 7.9 rebounds per game. The Lady Jays, who are third ranked nationally with a record of 26-3, will take the No. 2 seed from the South into the NJCAA Region 13B Tournament on Saturday in Coon Rapids.

Additionally, Minnesota West women’s basketball coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka has been named South Co-Coach of the Year with Rochester head coach Jason Bonde. Rochester is No. 1 in the nation and has yet to lose this season.

On the All-Division South Team, Hayenga and sophomore Tia Murray earned first team honors while sophomores Madison Huisman and Dannyn Peterson were honorable mention selections. Hayenga and Murray were both also selected as All-MCAC first teamers. The MCAC All-Defensive Team includes Minnesota West freshman Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor.

The Lady Jays will face No. 3 North seed Minnesota North-Rainy River at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Region 13B Tournament. Rainy River has a record of 9-17 this season. Regional tourney action continues on Sunday.

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