Four Gusties posted double-digit points Wednesday night in Winona, Minn. as the Gustavus women’s basketball team rolled to a 69-45 victory over Saint Mary’s University for its fifth-straight MIAC win, improving to 8-2 overall and 6-1 in league play. The Cardinals fell to 3-7 overall and 3-4 in the MIAC.
Saint Mary’s Kaitlyn Keefe sunk a three-pointer for the game’s first score but it was all Gustavus from there on out. The Gusties responded with ten unanswered points for a 10-3 lead at the 15:07 mark in the first half. Head coach Mickey Haller’s squad continued to pour it on throughout the first 20 minutes and took a 38-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.
In the first 5:20 of the second, the Gusties went on a 17-2 run to lead 55-22 for their largest lead of the night. The Cardinals replied with 12 unanswered points over the next 5:22, but Abby Rothenbuehler ended that run with a three-pointer at the 7:38 mark. The two teams traded blows for the remainder of the contest, but the large deficit was too much to overcome for the home team as Gustavus came away with the 69-45 road win.
Once again, senior captain Molly Geske led all scorers with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field. Fellow senior captain Colleen Ruane added 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including two treys. Kelsey Florian contributed 11 points off the bench in 19 minutes of work, while Rothenbuehler added ten points as the Gusties fourth double-digit scorer. The 6-2 junior forward also hauled in a game-high eight rebounds.
Adrianna Stephens led the Cardinals off the bench with 15 points and Courtney Euerle put up 13 points.
The Gusties return home Saturday afternoon for a 3:00 p.m. tip-off against St. Catherine University at Gus Young Court.