Lee’s Career High Guides Women’s Hoops to Victory Over Saint Mary’s

Posted on December 8th, 2018 by


SAINT PETER, Minn. – Justine Lee (Sr., Dawson, Minn.) posted a career-high 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting to lead the Gustavus women’s basketball team to a 65-56 win over Saint Mary’s Saturday at Gus Young Court, improving to 5-4 overall and 2-1 in the MIAC.

The Gusties forced 21 turnovers throughout the game, 14 via the steal. Gustavus finished the game at 41 percent shooting from the field and outscored the Cardinals 38-22 in the paint.

The Gusties led wire to wire, jumping out to a quick 16-3 lead in the first 5:42 of the game. The Cardinals went on a 13-5 run to close out the first quarter and into the start of the second, but the Gusties outscored the visitors 7-2 in the final 2:42 of the half to carry a 35-26 advantage into the locker room.

“We set the tone in the first quarter, particularly on defense, forced a lot of turnovers and were able to transition,” Head Coach Laurie Kelly said. “We made shots early. We’ve struggled on the offensive side to finish shots, but Justine Lee was key for us tonight. Even when they made the run in the second quarter, we were able to turn it around and go into the locker room with some momentum.”

Saint Mary’s continued to fight in the third quarter and brought the score to three points at 39-36 midway through the frame, but once again the Gusties answered with an 11-1 run to close out the quarter and kept the Cardinals at bay in the final 10 minutes to secure the victory.

Behind Lee, Paige Richert (So., Comfrey, Minn.) tallied 16 points. Kendall Thompson (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Maddie Wagner (So., New Richland, Minn.) led the Gusties on the boards with five rebounds apiece.

We’re a young team so we play on a lot of emotions,” Kelly said. “We’re going to have ups and downs, it’s a long season, so this is a good win for us.”

Gustavus continues play at Gus Young Court at 7 p.m. next Wednesday against St. Olaf.


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