Riverland women win third straight
The Riverland Community College women won their third straight and kept their postseason hopes alive with a 58-51 win Saturday over Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Fergus Falls at the Riverland Gym.
The Blue Devils upped their record to 15-10 overall and 4-6 in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference.
Riverland enjoyed an 11-point halftime lead, 34-23.
Rebekah Aase led all scorers with 22 points, and Vicrotia Larson added 14 and Skyla Anderson 9. Aase also grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Sophia Hebrink had 11 boards.
Riverland shot just 28.7 percent (23 of 80) but Fergus Falls was just as cold, finishing 28.2 percent on 20 of 71 shooting. The Blue Devils had a big lead in rebounds at 68-52.
On Jan. 23, Fergus Falls defeated Riverland, 65-47. That was in a stretch of five straight losses for the Blue Devils. But since then, the Blue Devils have won three straight.
The Blue Devils close out the regular season with a pair of games on the road, Wednesday at Western Technical and Saturday at Minnesota West.
AUSTIN — The Riverland Community College women's basketball team was able to hang on this time.
The Blue Devils can attribute much of that to the good work of Rebekah Aase and reserve player Brittany Zuniga.
Riverland built a one-point halftime lead then hung on for a 69-62 win over Ridgewater on Wednesday.
Aase finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Seventeen of those points came in the second half.
"Aase just outran the other team (in the second half)," Riverland coach Suzy Hebrink said. "We were able to score in transition and really got going."
Zuniga came off the bench to score 11 big points.
Morgan Lindenfesler also loomed large with 10 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks, five assists and four steals.
Riverland is now 3-6 in the MCAC and 14-10. It hosts Fergus Falls at 1 p.m. Saturday.
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ROCHESTER — When Riverland Community College gets a solid inside-outside scoring balance, it can be tough to beat in women's basketball.
The Lady Blue Devils had a perfect scoring mix on Saturday in a 70-51 win over Rochester Community and Technical College in MCAC Southern Division play.
Guard Victoria Larson led Riverland with a game-high 25 points while center Rebekah Aase chipped in with 16.
"We like to work it inside and out and today Victoria was hitting a lot of threes," Aase said.
Larson made all seven of Riverland's 3-pointers. The freshman from Bangor, Wis., was 7-for-11 from 3-point range.
"We needed Vic to hit from behind the arc," Riverland coach Suzy Hebrink said. "We haven't been hitting a lot of threes lately."
"She's a quick enough shooter where she's going to put it up," RCTC coach Steve Hucke said of Larson.
The Lady Blue Devils often have a strong inside game. Aase, Morgan Lindenfelser and backup Nicole Swanson of Spring Valley give the team a strong presence in the paint.
"We usually have a little size (advantage) on a lot of teams we play," Aase said. "So that's nice."
Riverland indeed was able to control the inside and boards against RCTC. The Lady Blue Devils dominated the boards 57-37 and blocked 10 shots. Aase had 15 rebounds and five blocks while Swanson had seven rebounds and blocked four shots.
"They have nice big players," Hucke said. "But you just have to keep going. You can't worry about blocked shots."
"We wanted to keep them out of there (the paint)," Hebrink said. "And that was kind of a point of emphasis, we wanted to have more offensive rebounds."
Riverland had 21 offensive rebounds and had 15 second-chance points to just six for RCTC.
Lindenfelser chipped with 11 points for Riverland.
"To get three people in double figures is where we need to be," Hebrink said.
Caite Vosejpka led RCTC with 16 points while Chanda Reideman added 13.
The Lady Blue Devils led 38-26 at the half and RCTC never got closer than 12 over the final 20 minutes. Larson made sure of that as she hit a trio of 3-pointers in a four-minute stretch, including one that turned into a four-point play after she was fouled.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for Riverland.
"It was a good win, we hadn't won in awhile," Aase said. "It was a good team effort."
Riverland, which had not beaten RCTC since the 2004-05 season, swept the Yellowjackets this year. RCTC has struggled as it lost its 12th straight. The Yellowjackets (3-18, 0-7 Southern Division) have not won since Dec. 8.
The Lady Blue Devils improve to 13-10, 2-6 in the Southern Division. Riverland hosts Ridgewater on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
RIVERLAND 70, RCTC 51
Skylar Anderson 6, Jazmin Wilson 4, Rebekah Aase 16, Victoria Larson 25, Morgan Lindenfelser 11, Sophia Hebrink 0, Brittany Zuniga 6, Nicole Swanson 2.
Tayla Begnaud 2, Bobbi Jo Schuttemeier 5, Jenna Cielocha 7, Chanda Reideman 13, Brooke Anderson 0, Caite Vosejpka 16, Kelsey Cary 0, Jordan Nelson 0, Laura Fierro 8.
Halftime: RIV 38, RCTC 26.
Free throws: RIV 13-18, RCTC 12-17. Field goals: RIV 25-65, RCTC 18-66. Rebounds: RIV 57 (Aase 15, Swanson 7, Larson 6, Lindenfelser 6), RCTC 37 (Fierro 6, Reideman 5, Schuttemeier 4). Assists: RIV 11 (Larson 4, Aase 3, Lindenfelser 3), RCTC 10 (Vosejpka 3, Cielocha 3).
Three-point goals: RIV 7-16 (Larson 7), RCTC 3-14 (Vosejpka 3).
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Riverland Community College announces its Hall of Fame class of 2013 The six new inductees are: Sheri (Bosshart) Keller (1979-81) women’s basketball, Matt Cano (1992-94) baseball, Suzy (Jahr) Hebrink (1985-86, 87-88) tennis, Maurice Joel (1961-63) baseball, Jon Iverson (1972-74) tennis, and Larry Rensink (1958-60) in basketball. This will be the ninth class inducted into the Hall of Fame and these six new inductees will join 52 other previously inducted members in the Riverland Community College Hall of Fame. The induction will take place at noon on October 26, 2013 on the east campus in Austin, MN. There will be more information at a later date regarding tickets and agenda for the induction. For more information, contact David Lillemon, the men’s and women’s athletic director at : david.lillemon@Riverland.edu or 507-433-0543