Women's basketball gets much-needed win at Bethel
January 5, 2013
ARDEN HILLS, Minn.- After a dismal first half, the St. Olaf women's basketball team got a big second half from Nikki Frogner as they defeated Bethel 46-34 on Saturday afternoon at Robertson Center Gym.
The Oles mustered just 12 points on 5-27 shooting (18.5%) in the first half, but Frogner scored 17 of her team-high 20 points after the break to lead St. Olaf (4-5, 2-5 MIAC) to a much-needed MIAC win. Bethel (1-9, 0-7 MIAC) was led by Sydney Schultz's game-high 21 points on 7-15 shooting, all from behind the arc.
St. Olaf took an early 10-3 lead but then went 13:02 without a basket before a Ashley Menzel jumper at the 1:20 mark of the first half. The Royals held their biggest lead of the game at 22-12 after a Rachel Parupsky layup 13 seconds into the second half but the Oles held Bethel scoreless for over five minutes after the bucket. Three layups from Elise Raney and a three-pointer by Brittany Webber spurred a 11-0 St. Olaf run, as they took their first lead since 10-9 at the 12:23 mark of the first half.
Schultz put an end to the Ole run with one of her seven threes but Frogner then scored eight straight Ole points in a four-minute stretch to put St. Olaf up three with 10:42 left. With the score knotted at 34 with 6:14 left, the Oles seized the win by closing the game on a 12-0 run.
All 12 Ole points were scored by either Mackenzie Wolter or Frogner, as each scored six a piece. Wolter made back-to-back layups in the space of 15 seconds before Frogner made three straight field goals to put St. Olaf in control. In the final 6:14, Bethel missed all six of their shots from the field and committed six turnovers.
Frogner and Schultz were the only players to score in double figures for the game. Elise Raney nearly recorded a double-double, as she scored eight points and grabbed 12 rebounds for St. Olaf. Schultz scored 21 of Bethel's 34 with Lexi Freisen being their second-leading scorer with five.
Both teams collected 46 rebounds as the teams struggled with their shooting. Bethel's Kelly Swenson had a game-high 15 rebounds. The Royals shot 12-62 (19.4%) from the field and 10-35 (28.6%) from behind the arc. The Oles were 19-55 (34.5%) but shot an even 50.0% (14-28) after halftime. St. Olaf was just 1-19 (5.3%) on threes.
St. Olaf plays its next six games at home in a two-week stretch of MIAC play. The Oles next game is on Monday night when Carleton comes to the Skoglund Center. The women open the double-header with the Knights at 5:45 pm. St. Olaf then travels to Hamline on Wednesday night.