Women's basketball controls boards to defeat Bethel
February 2, 2013
NORTHFIELD, Minn.- The St. Olaf women's basketball team used a balanced scoring attack and a decided height advantage to earn a 72-55 MIAC win over Bethel on Saturday afternoon at the Skoglund Center.
Mackenzie Wolter (17), Elise Raney (16), and Nikki Frogner (15) provided the offense for St. Olaf (11-9, 9-8 MIAC). Wolter was 6-for-12 from the field and 3-for-6 from behind the arc and also grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists. Raney had eight rebounds and four Oles had six or more rebounds to give St. Olaf a 48-31 rebounding advantage.
Bethel (4-16, 3-14 MIAC) was led by Sydney Schultz and Rachel Parupsky's 12 points each. Schultz hit four of nine threes, while Parupsky also added eight rebounds and six blocks.
Both teams got off to hot starts from the field in a back-and-forth opening ten minutes. Schultz hit all four of her threes in the first ten minutes for Bethel. Meanwhile, Raney scored eight of the first ten St. Olaf points on three jumpers and two free throws.
After holding a 29-27 lead with 8:10 to go in the first half, St. Olaf seized control of the game with a 12-0 run to close the half. During the run, Bethel missed twelve straight shots. Wolter had five points in a 30 second span for St. Olaf. The Oles shot an even 50.0 percent (16-32) in the opening half and took a 14-point lead into the locker room.
In the second half, St. Olaf stretched the lead to as many as 23 with 7:21 to play. Kim Cerjan scored five straight points to cap a 14-3 Ole run after Bethel was within twelve.
The Royals responded with a 14-0 run of their own. St. Olaf missed six straight shots during the Royal run. Bethel went 5-for-7 from the field and 4-for-6 from the free throw line to get back in the game with 1:51 left. However, Bethel was unable to get any closer as the Oles closed out the win.
St. Olaf cooled off in the second half to finish the game shooting at a 41.5 percent clip. The Oles went 7-for-16 from behind the arc and hit 11 of their 12 free throws.Bethel concluded the game shooting 33.9 percent from the field, including 8-for-21 on threes.
St. Olaf has now won four of its last five MIAC games. The Oles look to continue their winning ways on Monday evening when they pay a visit to Carleton at 5:45 pm.