Turnovers, free throw shooting plague women's basketball in loss to Lewis and Clark
November 23, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Despite shooting just 29%, No. 10/11 Lewis and Clark forced 27 turnovers and knocked down their free throws to beat the St. Olaf women's basketball team 73-59 on Friday afternoon in the 2012 Thanksgiving Classic at Reid Arena.
The Pioneers (4-0) went 24-28 (85.7%) from the free throw line to overcome their cold shooting from the floor. Meanwhile, the Oles (1-1) shot 47.7% (21-44) from the field but only made nine of 20 free throws in the loss. The bright spot for St. Olaf offensively was their perimeter shooting, as the team went 8-16 from behind the arc.
Early on, the Oles raced out to an 8-0 lead behind a three from Maddie Ehrich and five points from Kim Cerjan. St. Olaf led by as many as nine in the first half, but the Pioneers closed the half with a 22-9 run to take a 34-30 lead into the break.
The Oles took a 51-50 lead after a three from Ehrich with 11:02 to play in the game but Lewis and Clark took over from there. After Ehrich's three, the Pioneers went on a 21-4 lead over the next nine plus minutes to claim the win. During the run, St. Olaf committed eight turnovers and made just two shots.
Kristina Williams came into the game averaging 28.3 points per game for Lewis and Clark but the Oles held her to 16 points, ten of which came from the charity stripe. Tayler Wang led the Pioneers with 18 points on 6-12 shooting, while Katie Anderson added 13 off the bench.
Cerjan made four of eight threes on her way to a team-high 16 points. The first-year guard also grabbed seven rebounds. Elise Raney posted 11 points and seven rebounds off the Ole bench. Ehrich was the third St. Olaf player in double figures, as she scored 10 points on 4-5 from the field.
The Oles conclude their trio of games at the 2012 Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday afternoon with a match-up against Ohio Wesleyan. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 pm central time. The Battling Bishops are 0-2 this year and were 9-17 last season.