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Minnesota West basketball teams head into mini-break

The Minnesota West Lady Jays basketball team won a pair of road games over the weekend and now enter a roughly two-and-a-half week break in their schedule with a record of 12-1.


Minnesota West edged past Northland Community and Technical College 72-67 on Friday night and rolled to a 98-43 win over Minnesota North College-Itasca on Saturday in women’s basketball action. The Lady Jays, ranked fourth nationally, have now posted eight consecutive victories as they enter a break of roughly two and a half weeks.


In Friday’s game, Olivia Hayenga led four Minnesota West players in double-figure scoring with 25 points and she also added 11 rebounds. Madisyn Huisman contributed 18 points, while Tia Murray added 11 points and 11 boards and Dannyn Peterson had 11 points and seven boards. Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor passed for eight assists for the Lady Jays, which limited Northland to just 30.9% shooting from the field.


On Saturday, Minnesota West led 29-7 after the first quarter and 51-15 at halftime. Hayenga once again led the team in scoring, connecting for 23 points in just 18 minutes of action. Murray was next with 17 points, and she also snared a game-best eight rebounds. Caitlyn Brouwer came off the bench to add 15 points, Huisman had 14 points and Peterson 12. Audrey Drapeau, another non-starter for the Lady Jays, had 10 assists. Minnesota West made 52% of its shots from the floor compared to just 31% for Itasca.


The Lady Jays will remain idle until Dec. 30, when they play host to Iowa Central Community College. They’ll then move into the conference portion of their schedule shortly afterward.


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After splitting a pair of out-of-town games over the past weekend, the Minnesota West men’s basketball team now has an overall record of 4-8 as it goes into a game-free stretch of more than two weeks.


On Friday, the Bluejays outscored Northland Community & Technical College by 13 points in the second half in earning a 92-75 triumph. Minnesota West made 55% of its field goal attempts in the contest and limited Northland to just 39% shooting.


Elijah Williams led a balanced Bluejays scoring attack with 16 points while also leading the team with eight rebounds and five assists. Dillion Jackson chipped in with 14 points, Dominic Drent had 12 and Brock Bruns 11. A total of 10 Minnesota West players scored.


Against Itasca on Saturday, Wiliams scored 23 points and Nathan Kindred added 20 for Minnesota West, which trailed by just one at halftime but was outscored 44-38 in the second half. Brock Bruns contributed 10 points for the Jays. Kindred has a team-high five rebounds, and Williams added three assists.


The Minnesota West men will now be idle until back-to-back home games on Dec. 30 and 31. The Bluejays will entertain Iowa Central Community College at 8 p.m. on the 30th, and then host Southwestern Community College at 6 p.m. on the 31st.



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