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Lady Jays cruise to 90-53 win in first game at nationals

It’s one down, two to go for the Minnesota West Lady Jays after posting a runaway win in their first game at the NJCAA Division III Women’s Basketball National Tournament in Rochester.


The top-seeded Lady Jays dominated the second and third quarters Thursday against eighth-seeded Prince George’s Community College and earned a 90-53 triumph. Minnesota West, now 24-7 on the season, will next face a familiar rival in Northland. The teams have a split a pair of games this season; they’ll meet for a third time in Friday’s semifinals at 5 p.m.


Leading 20-13 after the first quarter, Minnesota West got on a roll in the second 10 minutes of play and went into halftime with a 47-21 advantage. The Lady Jays made 64.3% of their field goal attempts in the opening half; Prince George’s was at 29% and made just 2-of-14 shots in the second quarter.


Minnesota West then opened the third stanza with an 11-0 run and went on to lead by as many as 40 points. The Lady Jays’ bench had the floor for most of the fourth quarter.


Hattie DeVries scored a career-high 28 points for Minnesota West on 9-11 of shooting from the floor while also grabbing eight rebounds and passing for six assists. Skylla Peterson was 8-of-9 shooting and wound up with 17 points. Also with 17 was Dasia Potter, who nailed five 3-pointers and had buzzer-beating treys at the end of the second and third quarters. Olivia Hayenga did a little bit of everything, contributing 15 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, four blocked shots and three steals.


Catch Friday’s game on 104.3 The Bridge.

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