Big first half leads Ole women to season-opening win over Colorado College
November 21, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- The St. Olaf women's basketball team exploded for 49 points in the first half in a season-opening 80-51 win over Colorado College on Wednesday night in the first matchup of the 2012 Thanksgiving Classic at Reid Arena.
After taking a 7-5 lead in the first four minutes of the game, St. Olaf went on a 20-3 run to take complete command of the game. During the stretch, the Oles made nine of 12 shots from the field. First-year Kim Cerjan scored eight of the Ole points during the six minute run.
Colorado College (0-3) then scored six straight points to get within 13 but that was as close as the Tigers got for the rest of the game. St. Olaf (1-0) never trailed during the game and took a 49-30 lead into halftime. The Oles led by as many as 35 in the second half.
Cerjan led the Oles with 21 points on 7-12 shooting, including three three-pointers. Five St. Olaf players scored between six and eight points. First-year Emily Wahlberg posted eight points and nine boards and Erin Haglund also had nine boards. First-year Lauren Gutierrez recorded eight assists.
The Tigers were led by Marissa Gradoz's 11 points and eight rebounds. Courtney Tyus chipped in with 10 points and six steals.
St. Olaf shot 44.8% (30-67) from the field for the game, including a blistering 51.4% (18-35) before the break. Colorado College shot 43.5% (17-53) for the game and just 23.3% (7-30) in the second half. The Oles made eight threes compared to none for the Tigers. St. Olaf also controlled the glass by a 55-29 margin, as six Oles had four or more rebounds.
Fourteen of the 17 Oles to see action scored in the contest. Ten first-years got their first taste of college basketball for St. Olaf and eight scored. One of the lone statistical advantages the Tigers had was that they forced 22 Ole turnovers. The Oles were whistled for 27 fouls but CC only made 17 of 37 free throws (45.9%).
The game was the first of a three-game swing in Colorado Springs for the Oles. Next they face Lewis and Clark College on Friday at 1 pm. Their final game is on Saturday against Ohio Wesleyan.