Women's basketball holds off Augsburg, extends streak to seven
December 10, 2011
NORTHFIELD, Minn.- The St. Olaf women's basketball team used a 15-6 run at the end of the first half to take command and held off Augsburg the rest of the way to earn a 62-55 win on Saturday afternoon at the Skoglund Center.
The Auggies hung with the Oles early, as a Kendra Ware jumper tied the score at 19-19 with 6:30 to play in the opening half. However, St. Olaf closed the half on a 15-6 run, capped by a Mackenzie Wolter jumper that beat the buzzer, to take a 34-25 lead into the break.
In the second half, St. Olaf stretched its lead to 14, the biggest of the game, by scoring the first seven points of the half. Augsburg gradually climbed back into the game, closing the gap to 55-50 with 1:34 to play.
The Auggies were unable to get any closer than five, as the Oles hung on for the win. After leading 55-50, St. Olaf missed three of four free throws to keep Augsburg in the game but responded by making their final six tries from the line in the last minute.
Offensively, the Oles had a balanced attack with three players in double figures. Kirstee Rotty led the way with a game-high 14 points, making six of eight free throws. Wolter and Sheridan Blanford each added 12.
Serenae Levine (13), Brittany Zins (12), Ware (11), and Nikki Borkhuis (10) were all in double figures for Augsburg. Levine also pitched in on the glass, collecting a game-high 8 eight rebounds.
St. Olaf shot 48.4% in the first half but cooled off in the second (35.0%), finishing the game at a 43.1% clip. Likewise, Augsburg shot 57.9% before halftime but only went 10-26 afterwards to finish at 46.7%. Both teams struggled at the free throw line. Each team shot 60%, as St. Olaf was 15-25 and Augsburg was 9-15.
The Oles bench outscored the Auggies reserves 25-3, mostly thanks to Blanford's dozen points. St. Olaf also capitalized on 14 Augsburg turnovers to hold a 14-3 advantage in points-off-turnovers.
The win extends the Oles (7-0, 4-0) perfect start to the winter. The Auggies fall to 3-3, 2-3 in MIAC play. St. Olaf hosts St. Thomas (5-1, 3-0) on Tuesday night.