Second half comeback falls short for women's basketball at Macalester
December 1, 2012
ST. PAUL, Minn.- Junior guard Taylor Pike scored 15 of her career-high 21 points in the first half as Macalester defeated the St. Olaf women's basketball team 61-58 on Saturday afternoon at the Leonard Center.
Pike made all four of her three-pointers in the first half as her 15 first-half points were five more than her previous career-high of 10 points. She finished the game 6-10 from the field, including 4-6 from behind the arc. Pike also knocked down a couple important free throws in the closing minutes and was 7-8 from the line in the game.
Pike's three at the halftime buzzer gave Macalester (2-3, 1-1 MIAC) an eight point lead at the break. The Scots' hot shooting from behind the arc was a large part of their 35-27 lead, as they made seven of ten threes in the opening half.
St. Olaf (2-3, 0-2 MIAC) came out strong in the second half, trimming Macalester's lead to four after quick baskets from Nikki Frogner and Erin Haglund. The Oles claimed their first lead since 12-11 at the 12:08 mark of the first half after Maddie Ehrich's layup put the visitors ahead 43-42 with 10:40 to play. However, the Oles scored just two points in the next five plus minutes as Macalester crept ahead again.
Four straight points from Haglund tied the score at 50-50 with 3:05 to play but the Scots scored the next five point of the game to lead by five with 1:01 remaining. St. Olaf got a threes from Kim Cerjan and Mackenzie Wolter in the final ten seconds but ultimately came up short.
St. Olaf was led by Cerjan's 14 points. The first-year did most of her damage from behind the arc, making four of six threes. Haglund posted her second straight double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Nikki Frogner also added 11 points and seven boards.
The Oles shot 23-60 (38.3%) for the game. St. Olaf used the height of Haglund, Frogner, and Elise Raney to compile a 42-33 rebounding advantage. Thirteen of the 42 rebounds came on the offensive glass for St. Olaf.
Outside of Pike's career day, Kyanna Jones scored 10 points for Macalester. Annie Drabot came off the Scots bench to score nine. Macalester shot 20-54 (37.0%) for the game and made eight threes on 17 tries.
St. Olaf travels to St. Peter to face Gustavus on Monday night at 7:30 pm. The Oles then have their conference home opener against St. Catherine on Wednesday at 7:30 pm at the Skoglund Center.