Riverland women use second half surge to top Fergus FallsPublished 10:32pm Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Five players scored at least nine points for the Riverland Community College women’s basketball team as it beat Fergus Falls (5-11 overall, 1-4 MCAC South) 61-52 in Riverland Gym Wednesday.
The Blue Devils (7-11 overall, 1-3 MCAC South) overcame a first half that saw them shoot just 22 percent from the field and they trailed 25-20.
RCC started the second half much stronger as it opened with a 9-0 run. It took the lead for good when McKenzie Zuniga came up with a steal and a lay-up to put RCC up 27-25 with 16:20 left in the game.
“Our points of emphasis were defensive movement and shot selection,” RCC head coach Suzy Hebrink said. “We took better shots in the second half.”
Miriah Carruth led RCC with 17 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals, and Danielle Groepper added 13 points and five rebounds.
“We’ve been on a skid here and it’s kind of hard to break out of that,” Hebrink said. “Our shot selection in the first half was horrible.”
RCC shot 50 percent from the field as it outscored Fergus 41-27 in the second half.
FF 25 27 — 52
RCC 20 41 — 61
RCC scoring: Miriah Carruth, 17; Danielle Groepper, 13; Victoria Larson, 10; Brittany Zuniga, 10; Courtney Perrin, 9; McKenzie Zuniga, 2; field goals: 34 percent (23-for-67); 3-pointers: 25 percent (4-for-16); free throws: 69 percent (11-for-16); rebounds: 48 (Carruth, 11); turnovers: 20