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Minnesota West women's, men's hoops team each get weekend splits in Sanford Classic tournament

The Minnesota West women’s basketball team won its first game of this weekend’s Sanford Classic tournament in Worthington and lost its second.

On Friday night, the Lady Jays got a bucket underneath from Tia Murray with 3.9 seconds remaining to edge the Northwestern College junior varsity 79-78. Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor, who passed to Murray for the game-winner, had added a key hoop 30 seconds earlier following a steal to give Minnesota West a two-point edge. A Northwestern 3-point basket with 8.2 seconds remaining had put the Red Raiders ahead by one.

Madisyn Huisman and Olivia Hayenga each scored 18 points in the game for the Lady Jays. Murray contributed 12 points and Scheitel-Taylor and Danielle Peterson added 10 apiece.

On Saturday, the fourth-ranked Lady Jays struggled against the Dordt University junior varsity and were defeated 84-66. Minnesota West was outscored in every quarter as its dropped to 4-1 on the season. Murray had 17 points, Hayenga 14, Scheitel-Taylor 13 and Peterson 10.


It was a one close win and one close loss for the Minnesota West Bluejays men’s basketball team this past weekend.

The Bluejays, down by five at halftime on Friday against the Northwestern College JV, bounced back in the second 20 minutes and ended up taking a 65-62 victory at the Center for Health and Wellness.

Bie Ruei, a 6-5 freshman forward from Sioux City, Iowa, led the way for Minnesota West with 15 points while also pulling down 12 rebounds. Elijah Williams, a sophomore guard from Sioux Falls, and Nathan Kindred, a freshman forward from Rapid City, each had 12 points apiece, and freshman guard Dillon Jackson of Sioux Falls added 10.

On Saturday, the Bluejays had a 12-point advantage in the second half, but Dordt University rallied and ended up topping Minnesota West 76-75. Dordt’s Spencer Mackey made one-of-two free throws with 1.8 seconds to go to snap what had been a tie score.

Kong Neyail, a freshman guard/forward from Des Moines, topped the Jays with 19 points and five rebounds. Jackson added 10, as did Worthington freshman Brock Bruns. The Minnesota West men now have a record of 1-3.

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