– Visiting Macalester College outscored the St. Olaf College women's basketball team by a 48-16 margin in the second half to defeat the Oles, 75-51, in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) play on Wednesday at Skoglund Center.
St. Olaf (5-9, 2-5 MIAC) shot 60.0 percent (12-for-20) from the field in the first half and led by as many as 13 in the second quarter, but Macalester (3-11, 1-6 MIAC) held the Oles to three made field goals in the second half to run away and record their first MIAC victory of the season.
First year K'Lynn Lewis
tallied a team-high 10 points, five rebounds and four assists for St. Olaf, which also got eight points and 14 rebounds from senior Makenna Ash
. First year Rose Bauernfeind
came off the bench to score a career-high eight points, making both of her three-point attempts. Junior Allyson Fuller
also drained both of her tries from behind the arc to add six points for the Oles.
Justine Barraza scored a game-high 22 points for Macalester, while Katherine Podoll added 16 points and seven rebounds. Tyana Loiselle contributed 12 points in 18 minutes. The Scots turned 29 Ole turnovers into 25 points and became the first team to outrebound St. Olaf this season, owning a 42-34 advantage on the glass.
St. Olaf never led in the first quarter after Macalester jumped out to a 5-0 lead 1:35 into the game. The five-point lead was the largest for either team in the opening 10 minutes. The Oles turned the ball over eight times in the first quarter, but made three of their four three-pointers and four of their seven shots from the field in the frame that ended with the score even at 14-14.
Sophomore Keegan Mulvihill
scored the first seven points of the second quarter to put St. Olaf on top for the first time. Later in the quarter, a Katie Crowley
three-pointer started a 7-0 run gave the Oles a 30-17 lead, their largest of the game. The Scots trimmed their deficit to five, 32-27, in the final minute of the half before Lewis drained a three-pointer with 10 seconds left to send St. Olaf to the locker room up 35-27.
Macalester outscored St. Olaf, 22-5, in the third quarter to take a 49-40 lead into the fourth. After a Camryn Scott
free throw started the scoring in the half, the Scots held the Oles scoreless for five and a half minutes during a 14-0 run that put the visitors on top for good.
Starting with 1:20 left in the third, Macalester scored 12-straight points to extend its lead to 59-40 with 5:21 left in the fourth. The Scots led by as many as 24 points down the stretch and scored 17 of their 21 second-chance points in the game in the final quarter. After shooting just 3-for-13 (23.1 percent) from behind the arc in the first half, Macalester made 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) of its three-pointers in the second half.
St. Olaf travels to Saint Joseph to face the College of Saint Benedict on Saturday, Jan. 12 in a 1 p.m. tipoff.