Women’s Basketball Season Underway

Shawn Pohlmann

The College of St. Scholastica women’s basketball team has played their first five games of the season, including a couple of home games this past weekend. They played the St. Mary’s University Cardinals and the Augsburg College Auggies in their first home action of the season.

In their game against the Cardinals, the Saints got off to a very hot start by going on a 12-0 run to start the game. They ended the quarter up 16-9 in impressive fashion. The second quarter didn’t go as well for Scholastica as the Cardinals creeped their way back,dite and cut the Saints lead to five. They extended their lead to 12 again, but the Cardinals went on a run to bring the score within four at the half.

The third quarter was where the Cardinals took the lead for the first time in the game, going on a six-to-one run to give them a one point advantage at 34-33. The Saints were able to keep the game within three for the rest of the quarter and would go into the fourth trailing by three; 42-45.

The fourth quarter was all St. Mary’s as they pulled out to a seven-point lead to start the quarter. The Saints brought the score to within five, but eventually fell short to St. Mary’s by a final score of 71-57.

Sophomore guard Michala Walther led the way for the Saints with 15 points. Junior guard Sam Brannan had 12 of her own and fellow junior guard Emelia Miner added nine.

The next day the Saints were back on the court versus the Auggies. The Saints controlled an early lead of ten to nine, but the Auggies outscored the Saints 17-5 the rest of the quarter to end the first with a 26-15 lead. The Saints weren’t able to find any traction in the second quarter as the Auggies extended their lead to as much as 18 before going into halftime with a 47-33 lead over the Saints.

The third and fourth quarters were all Augsburg as they extended their lead to as much as 23 points before they would get the win over the Saints with a score of 84-69. Sam Brannen led the Saints with a career-high 21 points and also tied for most rebounds on the team with six. Walther added 11 points in the loss.

The Saints have been struggling so far this season, especially with coming out of the locker room with the same intensity in the second half as they had in the first half.

“As a team, we need to work on playing an entire game of basketball,” said Sam Brannan. “Defensively, it is important that we never lose intensity and energy. Additionally, limiting our turnovers and our opponent’s second chance shots will help us from losing momentum during the game. Overall, if we limit our mistakes and capitalize on the opponent’s mistakes, all while keeping confidence and intensity through the entire game, the outcome will be the win that we went out to get.”

The Saints haven’t had the best start to their season but that can change as conference play begins this upcoming weekend, and they definitely have a chance to be competitive in the conference.

“I believe that we have a talented group of girls this season,” said Brannan. “Individually we all have the ability and skill to be successful players in the conference. If each of us brings those talents and strengths to the court each game and compete with determination and energy, I know we will be a real threat in the conference.”

The Saints begin conference play this weekend when they play the North Central University Rams and the University of Northwestern Eagles.