The Gustavus women’s basketball team cruised to an 85-45 victory over Augsburg on Wednesday night in St. Peter, Minn. Molly Geske notched her 1,000th career point in the win, scoring a game-high 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Abby Rothenbuehler recorded her first double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Gustavus improves to 15-9 overall and 14-7 in the MIAC with the victory, while Augsburg drops to 5-19 overall and 4-17 in the MIAC.
The Gusties opened up a 54-17 by the end of the first half, shooting a white-hot 67.7-percent from the field. Gustavus scored 34 points in the paint and 19 points off 12 Augsburg turnovers in the half.
“We talked on Monday about preparing and getting ready for every game as if it is a playoff game. We need to play like a playoff team, and tonight we did that, ” said Head Coach Mickey Haller.
All 16 of Geske’s points came in the first half, as she went 7-for-9 from the field and 2-for-2 from three point range. Geske’s 1,000th point came on a runner in the paint with 3:00 to play in the half.
The Gusties kept the pressure on in the second half, leading by as many as 48 points (74-26) by the 11:47 mark. Rothenbuehler paced the Gusties in the second, scoring nine points and going 3-for-4 from both the field and free throw line. Gustavus shot 38.5-percent in the frame, as Augsburg shot 34.4-percent.
Gustavus finished the game 35-for-63 (55.6%) from the field, 6-for-13 (46.2%) from three point range, and 9-for-20 at the line (45%). The Gusties had a season-high 13 different players record at least one point in the contest.
“It’s nice to get a game here that we can get everybody in and get them some playing time. It really is about the whole team. We get so much support from those kids who don’t see but a minute or two, so when they can get on the court it is really important to all of our players,” commented Haller.
Augsburg went 19-for-63 (30.2%) from the field, 2-for-8 (25%) from three, and 9-for-20 (45%) at the line in the game. The Auggies were led in scoring by Brittany Dyshaw with nine points.
Molly Geske becomes the tenth player in Gustavus history to reach 1000 points in a career. Molly Mathiowetz hit the 1000-point milestone earlier this season in a 77-63 win over St. Kate’s on Feb. 9. Geske is just the fifth player in the history of the women’s basketball program to reach 1000 points in her third season.
“Molly didn’t really worry about it, she got some open looks, knocked down some open shots, and was able to create points off steals early,” said Haller about Geske scoring her 1000th point. “We have reached a lot of milestones for certain individuals this year, but I know they are thinking that its done and over now, and lets get going to make a run in the playoffs.”
The Gustavus women’s basketball team will play host to Saint Mary’s in the regular season finale Saturday afternoon on Gus Young Court at 1:00 p.m. The game is designated as Senior Day, as seniors Molly Mathiowetz and Brittany Holm will both be honored.