The Minnesota West Lady Jays knocked off the No. 2-ranked team in the country Wednesday, improving to 6-1 in the South Division and 10-10 overall with a 66-52 triumph over visiting Rochester.
The Jays held off a Rochester charge that saw the Yellow Jackets close a 14-point lead down to six, but Minnesota West scored the last eight points of the game. The Lady Jays did it with defense, holding the Yellow Jackets to just 23.5% shooting from the floor – including 3-of-21 from 3-point range. Minnesota West also wound up overcoming a first-half rebounding deficit and winning the battle of the boards, 47-43. The Jays also passed for 16 assists compared to Rochester’s five.
Tia Murray’s 13 points led four Minnesota West players who scored in double figures. MacKensie Post and Hunter Garcia each had 11 points, and Dannyn Peterson contributed 10 points. Murray also had a team-best 10 rebounds for the Jays, who are currently ranked 12th nationally. Jayden Zebe had four assists and Post chipped in with four steals.
In the men’s game, Rochester, ranked ninth nationally, was too much for Minnesota West, as the Yellow Jackets opened up a 24-4 lead early and rolled to a 98-58 victory. Keivonte Watts had a game-high 29 points for the Yellow Jackets while adding seven rebounds and six assists. Rochester shot 54.1% from the floor and dominated in rebounding, 51-32.
Jacob Dorian’s 12 points off the bench – all coming on 3-pointers – led the Jays scoring-wise. Christian Kyles, Amos Alford and Tyrovus Lawton had 10 points apiece for Minnesota West, which shot 29.2% from the field. The Jays are now 3-15 overall and 0-6 in the South.