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AUSTIN EDITION Riverland struggle, lose

MANKATO -- Nothing would fall in the basket for the Riverland women's basketball team in Saturday's 86-55 loss to Bethany Lutheran.

The Lady Devils lost for the second time this season in the South Division of the Minnesota Community College Conference. Bethany won this division contest with the long ball.

Bethany connected on a total of 10 three-pointers, while Riverland was held in check with only two treys. Bethany led by 20 points at halftime and the lead just grew in the second half. Erin Bourne led the way for Bethany with 19 points, including five threes.

"They played an up-tempo game and that created a lot of open shots from the outside," Riverland coach Suzy Hebrink said. "We had a horrendous shooting game and they were bombing them in. We got pounded with the three-pointers."

Sara Nagele led Riverland with 14 points. Missy Avery and Samantha Ulrich were held without a three-pointer, although they both reached double figures with 10 points each. Stephanie Vollbrecht and Tanya Jensen had the only three-pointers for the Lady Devils.

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Riverland (10-6, 3-2 MCCC South) plays host to Rochester Community and Technical College in the early game on Wednesday night.

RIVERLAND (55)

Missy Avery 10, Sara Nagele 14, Samantha Ulrich 10, Tammy May 6, Tanya Jensen 8, Stephanie Vollbrecht 5, Katie Berg 2.

BETHANY (86)

Erin Bourne 19, Kayla Jacobs 16, Lindsay Wolff 5, Michelle Ladd 5, A.J. Fritz 5, Greta Nelson 0, Katherine Peterson 12, Stacy Faber 17, Ambria Peterson 7.

Three-point goals -- Riverland 2 (Vollbrecht 1, Jensen 1). Bethany 10 (Bourne 5, Jacobs 4, Wolff 1).

Halftime score -- Bethany 46, Riverland 26.

Free throws -- Riverland 11-24, Bethany 14-20.

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Rebounds -- Bethany 44, Riverland 39 (Ulrich 8, Avery 8).

Fouled out -- None.

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