Women’s Basketball Continues Home Stand Wednesday, Hosts Augsburg

Posted on December 5th, 2017 by

ST. PETER, Minn. – The No. 12-ranked Gustavus women’s basketball team continues its six-game home stand at 7 p.m. Wednesday, hosting Augsburg University in a MIAC matchup. The Gusties enter the game 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the MIAC, while the Auggies are 4-2 and 1-0 in the league.


The Series: Wednesday’s game marks the 70th meeting between Gustavus and Augsburg in women’s basketball with the Gusties holding a 58-11 advantage in the series. Gustavus is currently on a 17-game win streak against Augsburg with its last loss coming on Dec. 1, 2007 (57-54).

The two teams last met on Jan. 4 as the Gusties won 73-51 in Minneapolis, Minn. Gustavus used a 17-0 run to start the game and cruised to the decisive win. Four Gustavus starters registered double-digit points, led by Hannah Howard. Howard scored a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, season-highs in both mark. Miranda Rice tallied 16 points, Justine Lee tied a season-high with 15, and Mikayla Miller added 13. Gustavus tallied a season-high 46 rebounds as well as 26 assists. The Gusties out-rebounded the Auggies 46-21 and led in second chance points, 22-6.

Scouting the Auggies: Augsburg started MIAC play Saturday at home, defeating Saint Mary’s 69-59. K’Aezha Wubben and Camryn Speese led the team with 16 points apiece. Tamira McLemore also reached double figures with 13 points. Speese and McLemore posted double-doubles with 10 rebounds each as well. After six games to start the season, McLemore leads the offense with 13.7 points per game. Wubben averages 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds, while Speese averages 10.3 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game.

Point Milestones: Miranda Rice currently has 979 career points, meaning she is 21 points shy of joining the 1,000-point club. Only 11 Gustavus women’s basketball players have reached the milestone in program history. Meanwhile, Mikayla Miller currently has 1,374 career points, which is fifth in the program’s record book. Linn Erickson (1983-87) is fourth on the list with 1,399 points and Molly Geske (2008-12) is third with 1,410 points.

Last time out: After starting slow for the second consecutive game Saturday with just 11 points in the first quarter, the Gustavus women’s basketball team was able to kick it in gear during the second quarter and cruised to an 88-47 win over St. Olaf.

St. Olaf started the game on the right foot, leading 10-7 eight minutes into the first quarter before Gustavus scored a couple buckets to take an 11-10 lead at the end of the first. The Oles regained the lead to start the second quarter and tied the score twice more, but the Gusties followed with a 26-3 run to close out the half and took a 45-22 advantage into the locker room. The Black and Gold continued to add to its lead throughout the second half while forcing a total of 34 turnovers in the game. The Gusties also won the battle of the boards 41-26.

Mikayla Miller (Sr., Goodhue, Minn.) led all scorers with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor and added five steals. Justine Lee (Jr., Dawson, Minn.) added 14 points off the bench.


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