Ole women earn second win at Thanksgiving Classic behind Frogner's big day
November 24, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Sophomore center Nikki Frogner scored 20 points and hauled in nine rebounds to lead the St. Olaf women's basketball team to a 65-56 win over Ohio Wesleyan at the 2012 Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday afternoon at Reid Arena.
Frogner shot 8-12 from the field and 4-6 from the free throw line to record 20 points in just 19 minutes of action. She made the last two baskets for the Oles after the Battling Bishops had trimmed the lead to five with 3:54 remaining.
The win concludes the Oles schedule at the 2012 Thanksgiving Classic. St. Olaf returns home with a 2-1 record, while Ohio Wesleyan leaves with a 1-3 mark.
After a competitive start to the game, St. Olaf started to pull away from Ohio Wesleyan late in the first half. After leading 18-15 at the 8:03 mark of the first half, the Oles stretched the lead to 32-23 at the break. Woo Bandel and Molly Dietrich hit back-to-back threes during the spurt.
St. Olaf held its biggest lead of the game when it took a 48-35 lead with 14:17 to play after another three from Dietrich. The Oles made six of eight shots from the field to start the second half.
Ohio Wesleyan responded by scoring nine of the next 11 points to get within six. Julia Grimsley made two threes to help the Battling Bishops get back within reach. Ohio Wesleyan got as close as four on two occasions but could not get any closer.
In addition to Frogner's solid day, Kim Cerjan scored 14 points on 4-10 shooting, which included three three-pointers. Erin Haglund made all four of her shots for eight points, while Dietrich came of the bench to record seven points and nine rebounds.
Grimsley made three of seven threes to lead the Battling Bishops with 11 points. Mary Corbett was the only other Ohio Wesleyan player in double figures, as she score ten points. Four Battling Bishops players scored between six and eight points.
The Oles shot 39.6% (21-53) from the field and held Ohio Wesleyan to just 28.8% (15-52) shooting. The St. Olaf defense forced 22 turnovers but they committed 23 of their own. The Oles had 16 assists on their 21 field goals, compared to just eight on 15 field goals for the Battling Bishops.
St. Olaf starts a stretch of three straight away games to open their MIAC schedule with a game at Saint Mary's on Wednesday evening. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 pm. The Cardinals (2-0) were picked to finish in a tie for fourth in the conference and they beat the Oles 55-52 in the MIAC Playoffs last season.