Wolter scores career-high 27 as Oles rout Scots
December 5, 2011
NORTHFIELD, Minn.- Junior guard Mackenzie Wolter scored a career-high 27 points and Addy Bates also scored a career-best 16 off the bench, as the St. Olaf women's basketball team cruised to a 78-45 victory over Macalester on Monday night at the Skoglund Center.
Wolter scored 13 of St. Olaf's first 20 points, as she match her previous career-high with 20 points before the halftime buzzer. Her scoring helped the Oles to a 42-29 lead at the break, although Macalester scored eight of the final ten points of the half to cut a 20 point deficit to a manageable 13-point margin. St. Olaf shot 53.6% (15-28) in the first half.
The Oles (5-0, 2-0) responded to the Scots mini-run at the end of the first half by scoring the first seven points of the second half to reclaim a 20 point advantage. The Scots, playing without starting point guard Kyanna Jones, were unable to get any closer than 18 the rest of the way.
Overshadowed by Wolter's career night was Addy Bates' performance. The sophomore forward made all four of her attempts from behind the arc, and six of seven shots overall, on her way to 16 points. The duo of Wolter and Bates combined to score 43, while Macalester managed only 45.
The Scots were led offensively by Maggie Wood's 19 points. Wood did most of her damage before halftime, scoring 15 points while trying to keep pace with Wolter and the Oles. No other Macalester player scored more than five points and the visitors scored just 16 points in the second half.
St. Olaf shot 50.8% for the game, including 6-13 (46.2%) from three-point range. Macalester was held to 27.1% shooting (19-70) for the game and missed all ten threes in the second half. The Oles held a 52-37 advantage in rebounds, as five players had six boards a piece.
The win extends St. Olaf's perfect start to the season to five games. The last time Oles were 5-0 was back in 1981-82. Macalester falls to 2-4, 0-3 in MIAC play. St. Olaf hosts Hamline Wednesday night for a 7:30 tip-off.