Riverland's Morgan Lindenfelser is pressured along the RCTC bench by the Yellow Jacket's Chanda Reideman during the first half Wednesday night at RCC. -- Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Blue Devil women beat RCTC for first time since 2005

Published 10:24pm Wednesday, January 16, 2013

They didn’t close the game like they wanted to, but the Blue Devil women’s basketball team still beat Rochester Community and Technical College for the first time since 2005 in Riverland Gym Wednesday.

The Blue Devils (11-4 overall, 1-1 MCAC South) led by as many as 27, but had to hold on for a 65-49 win over the Yellowjackets (3-12 overall, 0-3 MCAC South).

Rochester Community and Technical College's Chanda Reidemann, a LeRoy-Ostrander graduate, is fouled in the second half against Riverland Wednesday night at RCC.

RCC scored just five points in the last 10 minutes as the team struggled with turnovers and missed lay-ups.

“It’s been awhile and it’s good to finally beat them,” RCC head coach Suzy Hebrink said. “But we need to play for forty minutes, not thirty minutes like we did tonight. We played well for awhile, but we’re not happy about the last ten minutes.”

Rebekah Aase tallied 21 points and 13 rebounds for RCC and she was glad to be a part of the RCC team that finally beat RCTC.

“We had a lot of struggles for sure, but our defense was good,” she said. “We wanted to hold them below 50 and we did that.”

Aase, a 2009 Austin grad, has been stepping up her game this year after she came back to basketball last season.

Aase has been named MCAC Southern Division player of the week three times this season and she’s third in the Division in points (17.4 per game), second in field goal percentage (48.9), first in free throw percentage (86.5) and first in rebounds (12.9 per game).

“I’m a lot more into it this year,” Aase said. “Last year I hadn’t played basketball in two years and my coach joked that I couldn’t pull a rebound down until January.”

Victoria Larson had 12 points, four rebounds and four assists and Morgan Lindenfelser had six points, 14 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and five steals.

LeRoy-Ostrander grad Chanda Riedemann had six points and six rebounds in the loss for RCTC.

RCTC 27 22 — 49

RCC 41 24 — 65

RCC scoring: Rebekah Aase, 21; Victoria Larson, 12; Nicole Swanson, 10; Morgan Lindenfelser, 6; Sophia Hebrink, 6; Brittany Zuniga, 5; Skylar Anderson, 5; field goals: 30 percent (24-for-80); three-pointers: 42 percent (5-for-12); free throws: 60 percent (12-for-20); rebounds: 67 (Lindenfelser, 14); turnovers: 21

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