No. 22/25 Women’s Basketball Hosts St. Catherine

Posted on January 17th, 2017 by

Gustavus vs. St. Catherine University
Date: Wednesday, January 18
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Peter, Minn. | Gus Young Court
Live Coverage: Stats | Video


ST. PETER, Minn. – The No. 22/25-ranked Gustavus Adolphus College women’s basketball team continues Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play Wednesday evening, hosting St. Catherine University at Gus Young Court. The 15-0 (8-0 MIAC) Gusties are set to tip off against the 10-5 (4-4 MIAC) Wildcats at 7 p.m.


Last time out: Gustvaus most recently earned its 15th win of the season Saturday afternoon, totaling its highest offensive output in a 99-45 win at Carleton College. Four Gusties tallied double-digit figures with Mikayla Miller (Jr., Goodhue, Minn.) leading the way with 22 points.

In the polls: The Gusties moved up in the most recent rankings, sitting at No. 22. Gustavus also cracked the top 25 in the latest WBCA Coaches rankings, coming in at No. 25. Last week Gustavus cracked the top 25 to mark the first national ranking since Feb. 27, 2007.

The Series: Wednesday’s contest marks the 55th all-time meeting between Gustavus and St. Catherine with the Gusties holding a 50-4 record over the Wildcats. Head Coach Laurie Kelly and the Gusties are undefeated against St. Kate’s with a 7-0 record over past four seasons. Last season, Gustavus defeated the Wildcats by a score of 74-59 at Gus Young Court.

Scouting the Wildcats: St. Kate’s is off to a 4-4 start during Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. A week ago, the Wildcats defeated Hamline University by a score of 78-53 before falling to Bethel University, 86-57. Junior guard Audra Clark leads the Wildcats in scoring, averaging 15.5 points per game to rank among the top-five scorers in the MIAC. Junior LaShay Holt leads St. Kate’s with 8.8 rebounds per game (4th in MIAC) and 14.4 points per game.

Gustavus notables:

– The Gusties’ 15-0 start stands as the best start in program history, breaking the previous record holding 2002-03 Gustavus squad who began the season with a 13-0 record before suffering its first loss.

– Mikayla Miller continues to lead the Gusties, averaging 17.6 points per game – which ranks second highest in the MIAC.

Miranda Rice (Jr., Forest Lake, Minn.) ranks among the top-five leaders in the MIAC for points per game and field goal percentage. Her 16.7 scoring average is fourth best while her 60.0 field goal percentage ranks seconds best. Hannah Howard’s (Sr., St. Paul, Minn.) 57.1 field goal percentage ranks fourth in the MIAC.

– Gustavus ranks first in the MIAC in field goal percentage (46.2), free throw percentage (79.5), assists per game (17.9), and steals per game (12.8).


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