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SMSU women go cold in blowout loss to Augie

December 8, 2012
Marshall Independent

Facing the seventh-ranked team in the nation on Friday night, the Southwest Minnesota State women's basketball team couldn't afford another poor shooting night if it wanted to keep competitive with the Augustana Vikings.

The Mustangs came into the game shooting 34.0 percent from the field, and unfortunately for SMSU, that percentage will dip even further following a 29.2 percent shooting performance in a 79-44 blowout loss in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Mustangs (1-6 overall, 0-2 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) trailed 17-16 11 minutes into the game, but then went ice cold from the field as Augustana busted the game open with a 19-0 run. The unbeaten Vikings (6-0, 2-0) were able to coast to the victory from there.

"We played pretty well those first 13 minutes or so, I'd say," SMSU head coach Allison Kruger said. "We wanted to throw the first punch and attack them early, and we did that. I told the team that if they make a run, we have to stop it and make a run right back at them. That's where we got caught. We have to learn that if the other team makes a run, it's not the end fo the world. We just have to adjust and make our own run."

Augustana's Riley Nordgaard, a Canby graduate, continued her strong start to her freshman campaign with her second career double-double, posting 15 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Ashley Shaunteva added 15 points, while Emily Schulte drained four 3-pointers and chipped in 14 points for the Vikings.

Alison Nagel was the only SMSU player to score over six points in the game. She posted a game-high 16 points, but needed to take 20 shots to get there.

The Mustangs shot just 6.7 percent (1-for-15) from 3-point range and were 5-for-7 from the foul line. They also had 27 turnovers to just eight assists.

"We missed a lot of layups early on," Kruger said. "We were able to get to the rim and we have to make those shots. We got some good looks, but we did force quite a few shots. Our kids need to start to step up and make some plays. They have to have the game slow down for them, let the game come to them."

SMSU reserve point guard Annessa Rosch twister her ankle, as did reserve post player Ellen Degler. Kruger said she hopes to have both players available for tonight's game against 15th-ranked Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb.

SMSU (44)

Mikayla Saathoff 3-7 0-0 6, Bree Holleman 1-8 0-0 2, Rebekah Rolling 2-3 0-1 4, Hannah Beeler 1-5 0-0 2, Alison Nagel 6-20 3-4 16, Megan DeRuyter 1-3 0-0 2, Jessie Watts 0-3 0-0 0, Ellen Degler 2-4 2-2 6, Hope Bonlander 2-6 0-0 4, Annesa Rosch 1-6 0-0 0. Totals 19-56 5-7 44. 3-pointers 1-15 (Nagel 1-3) Rebounds 44 (Saathoff 6, Nagel 6, Bonlander 5) Assists 8 (Beeler 3) Steals 3 Blocks 4 (Watts 2) Turnovers 27 Total Fouls 12.

Augustana (79)

Shaunteva Ashley 5-10 3-4 15, Emily Schulte 5-11 0-0 14, Lydia Nelson 3-10 0-0 6, Faith Tinklenburg 2-4 1-2 6, Alex Freeney 5-10 0-0 11, Riley Nordgaard 5-7 5-5 15, Rhianna Gullickson 0-2 0-0 0, Cami Koehn 0-5 2-2 2, Nicole Kerkhoff 2-4 0-0 4, Emily Bose 1-1 0-0 2, Andrea Whitney 2-8 0-0 4. Totals 30-72 11-13 79. 3-pointers 8-22 (Schulte 4-7, Ashley 2-2, Tinklenberg 1-3, Feeney 1-4) Rebounds 45 (Nordgaard 11, Tinklenburg 6) Assists 20 (Shaunteva 5) Steals 15 (Shaunteva 4, Nordgaard 3) Blocks 9 (Whitney 3, Schulte 2) Turnovers 13 Total Fouls 16.

Halftime Score: Augustana 39, SMSU 18.

 
 

 

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