College basketball: Lady Devils come close to an upset
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 8, 2010
By Scott A. Kolb The Post-Bulletin, Austin MN
WORTHINGTON — Although there were a couple of losses over the weekend, the Riverland women's basketball team almost pulled off a big upset in the Minnesota West Tournament.
The tourney started out for Riverland with a 76-54 loss to Dordt, Iowa. The Lady Blue Devils of Riverland led 39-32 at halftime of this game on Friday, but they only made three shots in the second half and lost.
"When you don't score, it becomes very difficult to come up with loose balls and make good defensive stops," Riverland coach Suzy Hebrink said of the tourney opener. "We definitely lost all momentum in the opening minutes of the second half and the more we missed the more they drained threes."
Despite their lackluster performance in the second half of Friday's loss, the Lady Devils came to play ball on Saturday. Madison (Wis.) Area Technical College won the national championship last year and is currently ranked No. 1 in the country for NJCAA Division III.
This game was close the whole way. Riverland led by two points at halftime and it was tied 66-all at the end of regulation. MATC then pulled it out in overtime for a 75-70 win.
"It was a back-and-forth game with lots of lead changes, 11 of them," coach Hebrink said. "We were down by three with 22 seconds left. Krissy Schemmel then hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left and they didn't score, so it went to overtime. We had a couple of early turnovers in the overtime and that was the difference."
Krista Viehauser led the way for the Lady Devils with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Robin Arjes also had a solid game in the paint with nine points and eight rebounds. Brooke Rosenstiel added seven points and had six steals.
Another key factor in the close loss was the 35 turnovers committed by the Lady Devils. Still, it was a competitive battle against one of the top teams in the country.
"Some of those turnovers were force by their defense, but the majority happened because we didn't take care of the ball," the coach concluded. "Krista was flat on Friday night, but she had a great game against MATC. Robin did a nice job inside and helped us on the boards. It was a tough loss, but we're certainly pleased with the performance against a good team."
Riverland (1-2) has a break in the schedule and then hits the road again on Nov. 17 for a game against Western Wis. Tech.
Krista Viehauser 29, Robin Ajres 9, Krissy Schemmel 8, Joni Lillo 8, Brooke Rosenstiel 7, Bridget Bergstrom 5, Selena Gindratt 2, Kenzie Martin 2, Kim Craig 0.
Halftime — Riverland 39, MATC 37.
End of regulation — Riverland 66, MATC 66.
Three-pointers — MATC 8-27; RIV 5-18 (Schemmel 2, Lillo 1, Viehauser 1, Bergstrom 1).
Free throws — MATC 15-22, Riverland 15-23.
Rebounds — MATC 54, Riverland 58 (Viehauser 13, Arjes 8, Schemmel 8).
Turnovers — MATC 21, Riverland 35.
Fouled out — RIV, Viehauser.