Women's basketball evens MIAC record with win at St. Kate's
January 23, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn.- The St. Olaf women's basketball opened up a big first half lead as they evened their MIAC record at 7-7 with a 78-56 win over St. Catherine on Wednesday night at the Butler Center.
St. Olaf (9-8, 7-7 MIAC) got off to a quick 15-3 start in the first seven minutes of the game. St. Catherine opened the game 1-for-7 and the Oles corralled nine offensive rebounds in the opening minutes. St. Olaf led by as many as 28 in the first half and led by no fewer than 19 in the second half.
Nikki Frogner led the Oles with her game-high 22 points in 26 minutes. The sophomore center went 9-for-12 from the field in an efficient display down low. Elise Raney scored 12 on 5-for-7 shooting and Kim Cerjan also cracked double figures with 11. Cerjan made three of five threes and grabbed six rebounds. Lauren Gutierrez also knocked down two threes and finished with eight points.
St. Catherine (2-15, 1-13 MIAC) had four players in double figures in the loss. Cynthia Cowan led the Wildcats with 12 points, while Shauna Horsch, Sarina Baker, and Kristen Lee each had 10. Lee shot 2-for-13 on threes.
St. Olaf used its height advantage to record a 43-28 edge in rebounding. The Oles collected most of their 15 offensive rebounds during the first half as they built up a lead.
St. Catherine put up 31 threes as they attempted to put a dent in the Ole lead but were able to make just seven (22.6%). The Wildcats shot 32.7 percent for the game and struggled at the free throw line where they were 13-for-22. The Oles went 6-for-18 from behind the arc and shot 53.6 percent from the field.
Next up for St. Olaf is on Saturday when Macalester pays a visit to the Skoglund Center. Tip-off against the Scots is at 1 p.m. Macalester (4-13, 3-11 MIAC) defeated the Oles 61-58 in St. Paul on December 1.