Entries for month: November 2012

NJCAA Women's Basketball Players of the Week - Nov. 1-11


Rebekah Aase – Riverland Community College, Minn.

Center – Austin, Minn. – Austin High School

The Blue Devils jumped out to a 3-0 record to start the 2012-13 season behind Aase’s three double-double performances last week. In a narrow 65-64 win over North Iowa Area CC, Aase dominated the glass with 25 rebounds. The sophomore put up gaudy numbers on the week, averaging 20.6 points, 19.6 boards and 3.0 assists per game.



ESPN highlights – by Scott Kolb

The shot by Larson in last week's Riverland win has been all over the Internet on YouTube and even made it to the ESPN highlights on television. Riverland coach Suzy Hebrink referred to it as the most exciting finish in her 14 years of coaching at the school.

It turns out Larson played football during her high school days in Wisconsin and apparently had some practice in completing long passes. The shot came from near the opposite free-throw line and gave the Lady Devils a one-point win.

With no time-outs left, the Lady Devils didn't have the chance to set up a final play nor advance the ball. The pass came in to Larson and she casually took a few dribbles, before firing off the game winner. The line drive from about 60 feet was straight and banked in for the decisive three-pointer.

During her long tenure at Riverland College, coach Hebrink has brought the team back from the brink of extinction, taken them to the state tournament, and now she's had a player win a game with a shot from the other end of the floor. Fans better get to the early games on home nights at the junior college, because you never know what kind of magic is waiting from the Lady Devils.

View footage on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoM0b3-_-Ok


Blue Devil player makes First team All MCAC Southern Division

The Minnesota College Athletic Conference has released their 2012 All-Southern Division Volleyball Team, and Rachel Inhen was named one of them. For more information visit http://www.mcac-sports.com/Volleyball.php.  


Lady Devils win with a buzzer-beater

Riverland guard Victoria Larson hit a bank shot from three-quarters court in the final seconds Wednesday night to beat North Iowa Area Community College.

Down by two points with only four seconds to play, Larson dribbled the ball up the floor. She then fired a one-handed shot from 70-feet away and made the winning basket. With the 65-64 win in their home opener, the Riverland women stayed unbeaten on the season.

"We were out of time-outs and couldn't really set up a play at the end," Riverland coach Suzy Hebrink said. "I thought Victoria could've gotten a little closer shot, but she made the game-winner and that's what counts. We had a lot of turnovers and it was kind of an ugly game, but it sure was an exciting finish."

This was a back-and-forth affair the whole way. The Lady Blue Devils of Riverland fell behind early and then, rallied to take a four-point lead at halftime.

At times, the Lady Devils were their own worst enemy by committing 43 turnovers on the night. It's a good thing the home team had Rebekah Aase dominating in the low post with a game-high 19 points and 25 rebounds.

"They had a couple of quick guards and we had trouble with their pressure defense," coach Hebrink said. "With all of the turnovers in the first half, it took us a while to get going offensively. We made a nice run to take the lead at halftime, but it was a close battle the rest of the way."

Foul trouble plagued the Lady Devils in the second half. Aase fouled out with about two minutes to play, so the Riverland women had to get the job done without their starting center. The home team got key baskets from Nicole Swanson and pulled it out at the end.

Riverland (3-0) plays Fond Du Lac at home on Tuesday night.

By Scott A. Kolb
The Post-Bulletin, Austin MN



Lady Devils open season with pair of wins

WORTHINGTON — The Riverland women's basketball team opened the season with a pair of wins over the weekend in the Minnesota West Classic.


After falling behind early in Saturday's opener against the Dordt College junior varsity from Iowa, the Lady Blue Devils of Riverland rallied for a 61-47 win. Riverland then led throughout Sunday's game and came away with a 63-48 win over Madison (Wis.) Area Technical College.


"We came out slow and fell behind 13-0 in the opening minutes of the first game," Riverland coach Suzy Hebrink said. "The girls made a nice run and got the deficit back to four points by halftime. Then, we did a great job on defense and only gave up 13 points in the second half."


Rebekah Aase led the way for the Lady Devils in the season opener with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Victoria Larson added 20 points for Riverland in the opening win.


In the second game on Sunday morning, the Lady Devils built a nine-point lead at halftime and made it stand against MATC. Aase and Larson once again led the way in the scoring department.


Aase had 17 points in the paint and 14 rebounds for the Lady Devils. Larson did her damage from the outside with five 3-pointers.


"Rebekah played well in both games and we were able to get enough scoring from the other girls to get to record a couple of wins," Hebrink said. "Although we missed a lot of free throws, we cleaned up on the boards and played solid defense."


Riverland (2-0) plays the early game against North Iowa Area Community College in Wednesday night's home opener.

By Scott A. Kolb
The Post-Bulletin, Austin MN