Women's basketball drops MIAC opener at Saint Mary's
November 28, 2012
WINONA, Minn.- The St. Olaf women's basketball team shot just 32.1% from the field in a 54-47 loss to Saint Mary's in the MIAC opener for both schools on Wednesday night at the SMU Gym.
Coming into the game, the Oles were averaging 68.0 points per game on 43.9% shooting as a team but the offense did not carry over in the loss. St. Olaf also continued to struggle with turnovers, as they committed 16 in the first half and 24 for the game. The 24 turnovers was right on their season average.
Despite season-low offensive output, the Oles defense kept them in the game, as they trailed just 26-19 at halftime. Early in the second half, St. Olaf (2-2, 1-0 MIAC) tied the score at 26 after a three my Maddie Ehrich and a layup by Mackenzie Wolter but then the Cardinals (3-0, 1-0 MIAC) started to pull away.
After the Wolter layup, Jessica Thone almost immediately gave Saint Mary's the lead again at the 17:51 mark. The Oles then scored just five points in over 12 minutes as the Cardinals went on a 17-5 run to take a 14 point lead with 5:40 to play. During the run, St. Olaf missed 21 of 22 shots from the field.
After the cold spell, St. Olaf cut into the deficit. Back-to-back layups by Erin Haglund got the Oles within six with 1:38 remaining. However, Saint Mary's got back-to-back threes from Bridge Pethke and Thone to go up twelve in the final minute. Wolter made two deep threes in the final 30 seconds but to no avail.
Three Oles were in double figures on the night. Nikki Frogner and Erin Haglund each posted double-doubles, as St. Olaf held a 55-34 advantage in rebounding. Frogner had a team-high 13 points and 11 rebounds for her second straight double-double, while Haglund recorded 10 poitns and 13 boards. Wolter had 12 points and five assists.
Thone was the lone Cardinal player in double figures with 11 points on 3-12 shooting. She also collected eight rebounds and dished out five assists. Courtney Euerle and Octavia Brown each scored seven points for Saint Mary's.
Like the Oles, Saint Mary's struggled offensively as they shot just 29.7% (19-64) from the field. However, the Cardinals outscored the Oles by 15 from behind the arc, making seven threes to just three for St. Olaf. The Oles rebounding advantage was offset by the 24 turnovers. Saint Mary's committed just six turnovers in the game.
Saint Olaf continues a road-heavy start to conference play with a trip to St. Paul to face Macalester on Saturday. The Oles and Scots (1-2) tip-off at 1 pm.