Women's hoops sees playoff hopes dim with loss to Wildcats

Mike Ludwig
February 16, 2005

The St. Olaf women's basketball team lost to the College of St. Catherine 69-62 Wednesday night, weakening the Oles postseason playoff hopes.

St. Kate's, led by Sarah Schneider's 16 points and Shelly Soule's 13 points and six assists, went on an 11-1 run to close the game.

The Oles had a chance to tie when Christine Schwichtenberg (Jr., Hopkins, Minn.) made a free throw with 18 seconds left cut the St. Kate's advantage to 65-62 and missed the second.

Christina Sampson (So., North Branch, Minn.) gathered the rebound and attempted a three-pointer to tie, but her shot hit the front of the rim.

Kristina Stoermer (Fy, Wayzata, Minn.) had 16 points and Molly Simon (Sr., Hudson, Wis.) 12 points and eight rebounds for St. Olaf.

St. Olaf trailed St. Thomas by a game before today's game. The Tommies were defeated by Concordia College 76-66 in Moorhead, but the Toms kept a one-game lead when the Oles fell to the last-place Wildcats.

The Oles have the deciding tie-breaker over St. Thomas should the teams have equal records.

To get in the MIAC playoffs the Oles need a win over Saint Mary's and a St. Kate's win over St. Thomas Saturday.

The Oles downed Saint Mary's earlier this year in Northfield.

Saturday's 1 p.m. game at Saint Mary's can be heard via the SMU Athletics Website.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.

Women's BB
St. Kate's 29 40
St. Olaf 31 31

St. Olaf's Kristina Stoermer hits a jump shot in the second half of the Ole's 69-62 loss to St. Kate's Wednesday in Northfield. Stoermer finished with a team-high 16 points.