Women’s Basketball Rallies to Defeat Hamline 55-51

Posted on November 30th, 2005 by

Bri Monahan goes up for two of her 21 points.

Bri Monahan goes up for two of her 21 points.


Michelle Linbo drives to the basket.

Michelle Linbo drives to the basket.


Sara Boldt breaks the Hamline press.

Sara Boldt breaks the Hamline press.


Erin Luhman looks to get the ball inside for the Gusties.

Erin Luhman looks to get the ball inside for the Gusties.

The Gustavus women’s basketball team rallied in the final five minutes to defeat Hamline 55-51 in St. Peter, Minn. on Wednesday evening. Bri Monahan led the Gusties in scoring with 21 points. Jess Vadnais, who hit a big three-point basket to give Gustavus a 47-46 lead with 4:21 left, finished with 17 points.

Hamline jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the game and held the lead up until the 3:00 minute mark of the first half. The Pipers held their biggest lead of the half at six points (21-15) with 4:47 left before the intermission. Gustavus outscored Hamline 8-0 in the final four minutes of play to take a 23-21 lead into the locker room at halftime. Laurisa Ewert tallied 10 points in the first half for Hamline, while Jess Vadnais led Gustavus with eight.

The second half was a real see-saw battle with seven lead changes and eight ties through the first 13 minutes of the second half. The score was tied 42-42 with 7:29 left in the game, when the Pipers went on a quick 4-0 spurt to take a 46-42 lead with 6:40 left on the clock. Gustavus, however would counter with a 13-5 run the rest of the game to claim the 55-51 win. Bri Monahan started the comeback with two free throws at the 4:48 mark to cut the lead to 46-44. The Gusties would then force a turnover on Hamline’s next possession and Jess Vadnais came down the floor and knocked down an important three-point shot to give Gustavus a 47-46 lead. Gustavus would add five more points to push the lead to six at 52-46 with 1:08 left in the game. Laurisa Ewert converted a three-point play to cut the lead to 52-49, but the Gusties would make 3-of-4 free throw shots in the final :30 seconds and hold on for the 55-51 victory.

Monahan (21) and Vadnais (17) were the only players in double figures for Gustavus. Laurisa Ewert scored 26 points to lead Hamline.

Gustavus shot 39.6 percent from the field (21-53) and 50.0 percent from the free throw line, while Hamline shot 34.0 percent from the field (18-53) and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The Pipers outrebounded the Gusties 44-30, but Hamline committed 33 turnovers compared to 21 for Gustavus.

The Gusties improve to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the MIAC, while Hamline falls to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the MIAC.

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