The Gustavus women’s basketball saw its six-game winning-streak come to an end with a 59-47 loss to Macalester on Monday night in St. Paul. The Scots used a strong scoring push at the end of regulation, outscoring the Gusties 14-3 in the final five minutes on their way to the victory. With the loss, Gustavus falls to 10-6 in the MIAC and 11-8 overall, while Macalester improves to 7-9 in the MIAC and 7-12 overall.
Molly Geske led Gustavus in scoring with 12 points, going 4-for-15 from the field. Abby Rothenbuehler continued her success on the glass, recording a team-high nine rebounds for the second game in a row.
Scot Majra Mucic recorded a double-double with game-highs in points (20) and rebounds (13). Teammate Jessica Rene also scored in double figures with 16 points. Mucic (7-12) and Rene (3-8) shot a combined 10-for-20 from the field.
Macalester would lead by as many as 10 points (18-8) by the 9:41 mark of the first half, as Gustavus struggled to find its touch from the field, going 3-for-14 from the floor to start the game. Following a three pointer (27-18) by Jessica Rene with 3:28 left in the half, Gustavus used a 10-2 run to cut the lead to one point at 29-28 heading into halftime.
The Gusties would take the lead for the second time in the game at the 19:24 mark on a layup by Colleen Ruane to go up 30-29. The lead would then change hands six times before a pair of free throws by Rene put Macalester on top for the final time with 7:24 left to play. The Gusties went just 1-for-10 down the stretch, while the Scots went 3-for-3 from the field and 7-for-9 at the line within the same time-frame.
Gustavus shot 35.7-percent (20-56) from the field, 22.2-percent (2-9) from three point range, and 62.5-percent (5-8) at the line in the game. Macalester shot 40.0-percent (20-50) from the field, 54.5-percent (6-11) from three, and 76.5-percent (13-17) at the line.
The Gustavus women’s basketball team will be in action on Wednesday, Feb. 2 back on Gus Young court against Hamline. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.