Cerjan leads Ole women to comeback win at Augsburg
February 9, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.- Kim Cerjan set a career-high with 28 points to lead the St. Olaf women's basketball team to a 67-64 come-from-behind win over Augsburg on Saturday afternoon at Si Melby Hall.
Cerjan went 8-for-10 from the field, including 4-for-6 on threes, and made all eight of her free throws for the Oles (12-11, 10-10 MIAC). Augsburg (8-15, 6-14 MIAC) led for most of the game and held a nine-point lead with 5:19 to play but St. Olaf closed the game by scoring 16 of the final 20 points.
The Oles made five of their final six field goals and made six of nine free throws down the stretch. The Auggies also committed four costly turnovers in the closing minutes of the game.
Nikki Frogner had seven of the 16 Ole points on two layups and three free throws. Back-to-back layups by Frogner and Mackenzie Wolter tied the score at 62 with 1:20 to go. The Oles then forced an Auggie turnover and Cerjan nailed a baseline jumper on the break to put St. Olaf ahead for the first time since the 11:51 mark.
After a stop, Wolter went one-for-two at the line but Jolene Blood answered with a layup to make it a 65-64 Ole lead with 17 seconds remaining. Cerjan was then fouled and calmly made both free throws. Blood had a shot at a three at the buzzer but it was short as the Oles earned a season sweep of the Auggies in two nail-biters.
Aside from Cerjan's big day off the bench, Elise Raney was the most productive Ole as she recorded a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds. Raney was 4-for-11 from the field and made four of her five free throws.
After scoring 27 points and shooting 32.1 percent in the opening half, St. Olaf heated up in the second half. The Oles shot 61.9 percent after the break and made four of five threes. Augsburg shot 42.1 percent for the game, including making six of 20 three-pointers.
Anne Skriba led the Auggies with 14 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Jill Tichy had 11 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in a solid all-around performance. Blood had 13 on 5-for-14 shooting off the Augsburg bench.
The Oles bench scored 20 of their 27 first half points and finished with 42 points. St. Olaf turned the ball over 22 times, which led to 24 Augsburg points. The Oles made 17 of 23 free throws in the contest.
St. Olaf hosts St. Thomas on Wednesday night at the Skoglund Center at 7:30 p.m. The Oles are two games behind Hamline for the final MIAC Playoff spot with two games to go.