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No. 3 Lady Jays fall to No. 1 Rochester; men also lose

Minnesota West’s women’s basketball team slashed a 22-point deficit down to four Wednesday night, but it was No. 1-in-the-nation Rochester holding off the No. 3 Lady Jays for an 87-79 win at the Center for Health and Wellness.

The Yellow Jackets, a perfect 15-0 this season, were up 47-31 at halftime as the Lady Jays shot just 35% and committed 15 turnovers. Rochester then scored the first six points of the third quarter, but Minnesota West then exploded for a 15-0 burst that cut the Jackets’ edge to seven. The Jays would get closer still, but Rochester would hang on and put an end to Minnesota West’s 16-game winning streak.

Madisyn Huisman recorded team highs of 19 points and eight rebounds for the Lady Jays, now 20-2. Dannyn Peterson, Tia Murray and Olivia Hayenga each added 13 points. Audrey Drapeau had nine points, including a sharp three of four on 3-pointers.

Myia Ruzek, the conference’s scoring leader at 23-plus points a game, led Rochester with 21 points, and Olivia Christianson had 20.

In the men’s game, Rochester led by as many as 30 points over the Bluejays and went on to record a 91-75-triumph. Bie Ruei had 26 points and eight rebounds to lead Minnesota West in both of those categories. Sam Daho added 14 points and Elijah Williams 12 as the Jays dipped to 5-15 overall in suffering their sixth straight loss.

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