The M State Lady Spartans held a 41-31 edge on the boards, including 23 offensive rebounds, as they defeated Ridgewater Community College by the score of 84-69 on Saturday in Fergus Falls.
Sydney Hovland led the team with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Olivia Winfrey (16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists), Megan Dreger (16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists) and Taylin Schleicher (14 points, 9 rebounds) joined Hovland in double digits.
M State took great care of the ball with only 10 turnovers, while shooting 44% (33-75) from the field and making 14-of-22 (63.6%) free throws.
"Everyone stepped up their game today and we played near our potential against a solid Ridgewater team," said Head Coach Janice Hendrickson of M State. "The first half we struggled to defend and we allowed Ridgewater to score quite a few easy baskets. We were able to make adjustments at the half to hold Ridgewater to only 28 second half points. I was very happy with only having ten turnovers and being able to pull down 23 offensive rebounds. Those are two key stats in our win today."
Ridgewater hit 44.3% (27-61) of their shots from the floor and made 13-18 (72%) from the free throw line. The lady Warriors were led by a double-double from Morgan Gronli (22 points, 10 rebounds). Gronli also had two blocks and 3 steals. Taylor Rose contributed 21 points and Kendra Kuczek had 13 points, 5 assists and 2 steals. Morgan Swenson came off the bench to add 11 points and 9 rebounds.
The Lady Spartans improved to 7-8 overall, 1-1 in MCAC Southern Division play, and 6-1 on their home court. They will travel to Coon Rapids on Wednesday to face Anoka-Ramsey Community College at 5:30pm. The Golden Rams are ranked seventh in the nation in NJCAA Division III Women's Basketball.
Courtesy of Craig Olson Sports