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Women's Basketball: Ridgewater goes wire-to-wire in victory

Current Ridgewater and former New London-Spicer guard Mariah Adams guards M State-Fergus Falls guard and former Hancock Owl Kassandra Algarate during Wednesday's game at Ridgewater College. Jake Schultz / Tribune1 / 4
Ridgewater's Abby Oberg shoots a layup during Wednesday's game against M State-Fergus Falls at Ridgewater College. Jake Schultz / Tribune2 / 4
Ridgewater's Heidi Sellmann tries to save a ball from going out of bounds during Wednesday's game against M State-Fergus Falls at Ridgewater College. Jake Schultz / Tribune3 / 4
Ridgewater's Grace Sawyer is fouled after recovering a steal from a M State-Fergus Falls ball handler in Wednesday's game at Ridgewater College. Jake Schultz / Tribune4 / 4

WILLMAR — Ridgewater's women's basketball team opened up conference play with a nearly wire-to-wire victory over Minnesota State-Fergus Falls with a 65-50 scoreline Wednesday night.

The game began with a 9-0 Ridgewater run and that set the tone for the home team and its powerful defense. The Spartans tied it back up at 14 with a 12-0 run of their own but an Abby Oberg layup put the Warriors permanently in the lead.

Oberg joined Heidi Sellmann with 14 points but it was sharpshooter Mariah Adams who led all scorers with 21 points. The former New London-Spicer guard hit six of her 12 3-point attempts and provided good point defense for the Warriors.

In addition to her 14 points, Sellmann added a game-high 12 rebounds to help guide her team to a narrow 37-36 rebounding advantage. On the other end of the court, former Hancock standout Kassandra Algarate pulled in 10 rebounds of her own and added eight points and five assists for M State. Samantha Lupkes scored a team-high 17 points.

Ridgewater 65, M State-FF 50

M-State Fergus Falls 9 11 10 20 — 50

Ridgewater 14 14 17 20 — 65

M-STATE FERGUS FALLS - Scoring: Macky Warne 3, Claire Mathiesen 4, Kassandra Algarate 8, Taylin Schleicher 5, Samantha Lupkes 17, Sam Dahlgren 4, Ashlee Rimpila 9 ... 3-point shots: Warne 1, Algarate 1, Lupkes 1, Rimpila 1 ... Rebound leader: Algarate 10, Schleicher 8, Lupkes 8 ... Assist leader: Algarate 5 ... Steal leader: Mathiesen 3, Lupkes 2

RIDGEWATER - Scoring: Mariah Adams 21, Abby Oberg 14, Heidi Sellmann 14, Morgan Swenson 9, Kendra Miller 5, Grace Sawyer 2 ... 3-point shots: Adams 6, Miller 1 ... Rebound leader: Sellmann 12, Swenson 8 ... Assist leader: Oberg 4, Adams 3, Sellmann 3 ... Steal leader: Oberg 3, Adams 2, Miller 2, Sellmann 2, Sawyer 2