Gustavus hangs on to defeat Ole women
December 3, 2012
ST. PETER, Minn.- After holding a seven point lead with 4:11 to play, Gustavus held on to defeat the St. Olaf women's basketball team 60-57 on Monday night at Gus Young Court.
After trailing 54-47, St. Olaf trimmed the lead to a single point at 58-57 with eight seconds to play thanks to four quick points from Nikki Frogner and two free throws from Kim Cerjan. After a St. Olaf foul, Julia Dysthe sunk both of her free throws to give Gustavus a three point lead. Following a timeout, Cerjan missed a three pointer at the buzzer that would have tied the game.
The Oles started the game quickly, racing out to a 17-7 lead in the first seven and a half minutes. Cerjan hit two threes during the quick start and Frogner also added four points.
Gustavus responded with a 23-9 run over the next eight minutes to take a four point lead at 30-26 with 4:42 to go before halftime. Abby Rothenbuehler led the run with seven points, including a three to close the run. Gustavus carried a 33-31 lead into the break.
In the second half, St. Olaf took a 37-36 lead with 15:14 remaining after a layup by Frogner. But Gustavus then went on a 13-2 run to lead by ten with 8:34 to play. Stephanie Comer hit a couple threes during the spurt and Kelsey Florian scored the final five points of the run.
Like the ten point Ole lead in the first half, the ten point cushion was the largest of the game for Gustavus. The hosts held off a late St. Olaf push to improve to 3-0 in the MIAC and 4-2 overall. St. Olaf drops to 0-3 in the conference and 2-4 overall.
Cerjan led St. Olaf with 16 points despite shooting just 4-19 from the floor. The first-year was 3-13 from behind the arc. Frogner shot 6-10 from the field to score 15 points and also grabbed seven rebounds. Mackenzie Wolter was the third Ole in double figures with 11 points.
Gustavus was led by Rothenbuehler's 16 points and eight rebounds. Three other Gusties were in double digits, as Karina Schroeder, Julia Dysthe, and Florian scored 13, 12, and 11 respectively. Schroeder was a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line.
Gustavus shot 34.6% (18-52) from the floor while St. Olaf shot at a 32.8% (20-16) clip. The Oles struggled from long range making just six of 22 three pointers, compared to 7-17 shooting for the Gusties. St. Olaf held a 46-35 advantage on the glass behind Elise Raney's game-high 10 rebounds. Erin Haglund helped the Oles to a 9-4 edge in blocks, as the visitors had a decided height advantage.
St. Olaf looks to pick up its first MIAC win of the season on Wednesday night with a home game against St. Catherine. Tip-off at the Skoglund Center is scheduled for 7:30 pm.