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Women's Basketball: Late rally falls short for Lady Warriors

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Ridgewater Lady Warriors nearly came back from a double-digit deficit, but Minneapolis held on to post a 59-48 MCAC Southern Division win Wednesday in a junior college women's basketball game.

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Minneapolis (3-0, 14-2) led 26-16 at halftime, but Ridgewater (1-2, 7-9) fought back and got within one point late in the game. But miscues down the stretch hurt the Lady Warriors' chances to hand Minneapolis its first loss in the division.

"There are very, very beatable," said Ridgewater coach Carrie Ogdahl. "It was an one-pont game with three minutes left, but (we had) turnovers at crucial times and they went down and hit their free throws."

Whitley Strei connected on three 3-pointers en route to leading Ridgewater with 13 points. Alii Holt added 11 more and Kelsey Guetter 10.

Briana Blackhawk with 22 points and 14 rebounds and Natalyne Horne with 14 points and 15 rebounds had double-doubles for Minneapolis.

The Lady Warriors host Rochester in another Southern Division game Saturday at 1 p.m.

Minneapolis 59, Ridgewater 48

Ridgewater (1-2, 7-9) 16 32 -- 48

Minneapolis (3-0, 14-2) 26 33 -- 59

RIDGEWATER - 20-65 FG (6-24 3-pt); 2-10 FT; 35 rebounds; 19 fouls ... Scoring: Alii Holt 11, Chelsea Voorhees 2, Whitley Strei 13, Sara Beyer 3, Taylor Solie 3, Brianna Jacobson 6, Kelsey Guetter 10 ... 3-point shots: Strei 3, Holt 1, Beyer 1, Solie 1 ... Rebound leaders: Jacobson 8, Guetter 7 ... Assist leaders: Strei 4 ... Steal leaders: Voorhees 2, Strei 2

MINNEAPOLIS - 22-60 FG (2-6 3-pt); 13-20 FT; 57 rebounds; 14 fouls ... Scoring: Briana Blackhawk 22, LaVera Jeffrie 4, Sierra Howard 6, Erin Wahl 10, Amy Miles 3, Natalyne Horne 14 ... 3-point shots: Blackhawk 2 ... Rebound leaders: Horne 15, Blackhawk 14 ... Assist leaders: Howard 5, Miles 5 ... Steal leaders: Blackhawk 3

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