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Ridgewater guard Lynsey Runke, middle, tries to split the defense of Minnesota West's Katey Granstra (44) and Katie Hadler (25) during the second half of the Blue Jays' 65-49 win over the Warriors on Wednesday in Willmar. Tribune photo by Tom Larson

Women's basketball: Cold Warriors fall to Minn. West

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WILLMAR -- The Ridgewater women's team once again suffered through a tough shooting night and it resulted in a 65-49 loss to Minnesota West on Wednesday at Ridgewater.

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The Warriors shot just 27 percent from the field in the first half -- compared to the Blue Jays' 48 percent shooting -- and trailed by 14 at halftime.

And Ridgewater's shooting woes only got worse in the second half, with the Warriors hitting just 19 percent from the field, and 23 percent for the game.

Ridgewater fell to 1-2 in the MCAC Southern Division and 4-11 overall. The Blue Jays improved to 1-1 in the division and 12-5 overall.

Ridgewater plays Riverland at home on Saturday at 1 p.m.

On Wednesday, Mikell Melius hit 9 of 21 shots and scored 20 points, but the Warriors' other four starters were a combined 5 for 32 (16 percent) and Ridgewaters' short bench didn't fare much better, hitting just 3 of 20 from the field.

Ridgewater once again played without top player Shantel Kelly, who has missed two games with a dislocated shoulder. Kelly said she expects to begin practicing again Friday but likely will have to play the rest of the season with the shoulder taped.

Minn. West (1-1 12-5) 37 28 -- 65

Ridgewater (1-2 4-11) 23 26 -- 49

MINNESOTA WEST - 26-61 FG (6-23 3-pt); 7-15 FT; 48 rebounds; 16 fouls ... Scoring: Ilissa Koehl 3, Katherine Kazemba 2, Alysa Drooger 17, Katie Hadler 11, Brittany Hulstein 15, Kayla Shroeder 13, Katey Granstra 4 ... 3-point shots: Hulstein 5, Hadler 1, Drooger 1 ... Rebound leaders: Granstra 12, Drooger 8 ... Assist leaders: Drooger 5 ... Steal leaders: Kazemba 2

RIDGEWATER - 17-73 FG (4-21 3-pt); 11-14 FT; 48 rebounds; 17 fouls ... Scoring: Lynsey Runke 2, Mikell Melius 20, Annie Winter 8, Cameo McNeley 5, Alicia Koenen 6, Sam Cunningham 6, Bobbie Uecker 2 ... 3-point shots: Winter 2, Melius 1, Cunningham 1 ... Rebound leaders: Uecker 9, Koenen 6, McNeley 6 ... Assist leaders: Runke 3, Koenen 3 ... Steal leaders: McNeley 3, Koenen 3

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