Women’s Hoops Caps Regular Season With 77-66 Win At St. Kate’s

Posted on February 17th, 2018 by

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Gustavus women’s basketball team closed out the regular season Saturday with a 77-66 victory at St. Catherine. The Gusties, who secured the No. 3 seed for the MIAC playoffs, improved to 20-5 overall and 14-4 in the league. St. Kate’s captured the No. 6 and final playoff spot, meaning Gustavus will host the Wildcats at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the first round of the conference playoffs.

The first quarter featured four ties and five lead changes, resulting in a slim 18-17 advantage for the Gusties. The Wildcats were able to tie the score 20-20 early in the second quarter before the Gusties finished the half with a 10-3 run and never relinquished the lead.

After leading by as much as 19 to start the fourth quarter, St. Kate’s put together a comeback effort with 10 unanswered points early in the final frame, but the Gusties pushed back and didn’t allow the home team to come within eight points of the lead.

Gustavus shot nearly 49 percent from the floor (30-62) and out-rebounded the Wildcats 37-32. The Gusties also forced 26 turnovers and scored 35 points off the takeaway.

“I thought we did a good job defensively,” Head Coach Laurie Kelly said. “We had a chance to put it away late in the game, but let them back in it. Credit to St. Kate’s for putting up a fight.”

Mikayla Miller (Sr., Goodhue, Minn.) was two points shy of her program record 34 points in a single game, scoring 32 on 13-of-20 shooting from the floor, along with five rebounds, five assists, and six steals. Miranda Rice (Sr., Forest Lake, Minn.) added 19 points and Justine Lee (Jr., Dawson, Minn.) had 12.

“I also thought our seniors played well today,” Kelly said. “With playoffs on Tuesday we need people to step up and pick up their game. We’re excited for likely our last home game at Gus Young Court and to play in front of our fans for a playoff game.”

 

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