Women's basketball shuts down Saint Mary's
January 28, 2012
NORTHFIELD, Minn.- Mackenzie Wolter led three Oles in double figures, as St. Olaf held Saint Mary's to just 34 percent shooting from the field in a 57-47 MIAC win Saturday afternoon at the Skoglund Center.
The Oles and Cardinals are both in the thick of the MIAC playoff race and entered the halftime break in a 28-28 tie. St. Olaf held a 16-7 lead after the first seven minutes but the Cardinals fought back to level the score before the break.
After Saint Mary's scored the first basket of the second half, the Oles responded with a 14-3 run to take a 42-33 lead. The run was started by five straight points from Erin Haglund. St. Olaf led by as many as 13 in the second half and the Cardinals were never able to get any closer than six points down the stretch.
Mackenzie Wolter led St. Olaf in scoring with 18 points. Wolter did most of her damage at the free throw line, shooting 9-12 at the line. Haglund and fellow forward Elise Raney were also in double figures with 14 and 13, respectively. The two combined to shoot 12-18 from the field.
Jessica Thone paced the Cardinals with 16 points and four assists. Jamie Stefely, the team's second leading scorer, was held to eight points on just 2-10 shooting by the Oles defense.
St. Olaf shot 45.7 percent for the game, including 52.2 percent in the opening half, while holding Saint Mary's to just 30.0 percent in the second half and 34 percent for the game. Both teams struggled with turnovers and three-point shooting, combining for 44 turnovers and shooting just 7-30 from behind the arc.
With the win, the Oles improve to 13-5, 10-5 in MIAC play. The Cardinals fall to 9-9, 9-6 in conference play. The Oles sit in third in the MIAC, while Saint Mary's is in a three-way tie for fourth. St. Olaf returns to action on Monday night in St. Paul, as the team travels to Hamline. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.