Mackenzie Wolter drives to the basket during a 47-45 loss to St. Thomas on Wednesday night at the Skoglund Center.
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Ole women fall to St. Thomas in defensive battle
Michael Abdella February 13, 2013
NORTHFIELD, Minn.- The St. Olaf women's basketball team held St. Thomas to 26.5 percent shooting but could not muster enough offensive of its own in a 47-45 loss on Wednesday night at the Skoglund Center.
St. Thomas (19-5, 17-4 MIAC) made only four field goals in the second half but made 17 of 22 free throws for the game. Meanwhile, St. Olaf (12-12, 10-11 MIAC) shot 34.2 percent from the floor for the game and made just four shots in the first half.
Kim Cerjan scored a game-high 22 points on 6-for-14 shooting for the Oles. Cerjan was 6-for-14 from the field and made four of six threes, as well as all six of her free throws. She also had seven rebounds. Mackenzie Wolter was the only other Ole in double figures with 14 points.
Jenna Dockter led the Tommies with 12 points, five of which came from the free throw line. Kelly Brandenburg added nine points and seven rebounds.
St. Thomas took a 28-17 lead into halftime thanks to holding St. Olaf to 4-for-16 shooting. The Oles also committed 16 turnovers in the opening half that led to 16 Tommie points. Ten of the Ole turnovers came in the opening nine minutes of the game.
St. Olaf cut the deficit to four with 12:17 remaining after a span of five minutes where they kept St. Thomas scoreless. The Oles scored seven straight points on two Cerjan threes and a free throw from Wolter.
The Tommies responded with four straight points on baskets by Brandenburg and Carley Emery. However, St. Olaf then got as close as two on five occasions. A Cerjan three got the Oles within 43-41 with 2:33 left but Taylor Young answered with a jumper of her own.
A Wolter layup made it 45-43 Tommies with 28 seconds left. Anna Smith then went one-for-two at the line for St. Thomas. Following a missed three by Cerjan, the first-year stole an outlet pass and made a layup with 9 seconds left. Brandenburg then missed two free throws with 2 seconds left but Cerjan's half-court shot came up well short.
St. Olaf committed 23 turnovers in the game as St. Thomas recorded 15 steals. The Oles also held a slim 34-30 edge on the boards. After shooting 25.0 percent in the first half, St. Olaf improved to 40.9 percent in the second half but it was not quite enough. St. Thomas shot just 18.2 percent after the break.
The game was the last home game for seniors Mackenzie Wolter, Erin Haglund, Ashley Menzel, and Eileen O'Donoghue.
St. Olaf concludes its season on Saturday with a trip to St. Joseph to face St. Benedict. The Blazers topped the Oles 72-56 on January 19 at the Skoglund Center. The Oles are eliminated from playoff contention, while the Blazers are currently fourth in the MIAC.