Minnesota State Community & Technical College had six players score in double figures, and the Minnesota West Lady Jays’ seven-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday with an 87-68 setback in Fergus Falls.
Minnesota West, which had moved up a notch to No. 6 in this week’s NJCAA poll, was tied with Minnesota State at halftime, 41-41, and led by three, 53-50, during the third quarter before the Spartans began their surge. Minnesota State ended up outscoring the Lady Jays 25-13 in the third period and 21-14 in the fourth.
Tia Murray has a strong night for Minnesota West, accumulating team highs in points with 22, rebounds with nine, blocked shots with four and steals with three. Murray also tied for the team lead in assists Wednesday as she, McKensie Post and Hunter Garcia had three apiece.
With the loss, the Lady Jays fell to 9-2 in South Division play and 13-11 overall.
In the men’s game that followed, Minnesota West was down by 15 at halftime and wound up losing to Minnesota State, 71-61.
London Campbell came off the bench to lead the Bluejays with 16 points; he also led the team on the boards with 11 rebounds. CJ Ligon contributed 12 points for Minnesota West and Amos Alford had 10. The Spartans made 10 3-point field goals compared to the Blue Jays’ four; they also made eight more free throws.
The Minnesota West men are now 1-9 in division play and 4-18 overall. Next up for both teams: a women’s/men’s doubleheader Saturday at Western Technical College.