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Women's College Basketball: Raiders stumble again

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For the sixth consecutive game, the Central Lakes College Raiders were handed a South Division defeat Saturday.

This time the Minnesota West Blue Jays bettered the Raiders by a 64-44 score in Brainerd.

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Nikki Pearson scored a team-high 14 points. She notched 10 of those in the first half to keep the Blue Jays close with a 29-20 halftime score.

Minnesota West, which are currently 5-3 in the South and 16-7 overall, outshot the Raiders in the first half by 20 percent, and scored 11 points off of turnovers.

“It’s totally frustrating,” said Raiders head coach Dennis Eastman. “We shot 14 percent in the first half. They just weren’t falling in. We stayed on 25 for eight minutes we couldn’t get a shot. The farther we got behind the more anxious we got and the more pressure we put on each other and the whole thing fell down. It’s getting toward the end where we should be playing better. We gotta come back to work on Monday and start over again.”

Caitlin Robinson sank three 3-point shots and contributed 11 points, which were most of the Raiders’ second-half points.

Minnesota West enjoyed a balanced scoring attack as four players reached double figures, led by Kayla Schroeder’s 15 points.

“I think we struggled a little bit early, we had a couple girls in foul trouble the first half so it kind of limited us offensively, but we still had a pretty good half,” said Blue Jays head coach Mike Fury. “We had a really good second half, though, we got up and down the court, shot the ball better, our transition game was better and that made the difference. That’s what we wanted to do today and we got it going in the second half. We’re very happy about the win.”

The Blue Jays beat the Raiders 70-35 in January at Worthington.

“We watched film all last week,” said Eastman. “We knew what they were going to do, but we didn’t make shots. I can’t explain it. Caitlin [Robinson] made some good shots at the end and that’s what we needed.”

The Raiders fall to 8-15 overall with just two regular season games remaining.

Minnesota West 29 35 - 64

Central Lakes 20 24 - 44

MINNESOTA WEST

Illisa Koehl 7, Katherine Kazemba 1, Alyson Drooger 11, Katie Hadler 10, Brittany Hulstein 13, Kayla Schroeder 15, Katey Granstra 7. FG 22-57 (39 percent). FT 13-18 (72 percent). 3-point baskets 7-28 (25 percent).

CENTRAL LAKES

Lindsey Roos 3, Elizabeth Johnson 3, Nikki Pearson 14, Elizabeth Mattson 5, Emily Weber 2, Jalynn Lamb 6, Caitlin Robinson 11. FG 12-61 (20 percent). FT 17-25 (68 percent). 3-point baskets 3-13 (23 percent). Division: 2-8. Overall: 8-15. Next: at Minnesota State, Fergus Falls, 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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