NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Just three days after defeating Carleton on the road, the St. Thomas women's basketball team made the familiar trip down to Northfield for a date with St. Olaf at the Skoglund Center on Wednesday night. The Tommies came away with a 61-51 win over the Oles to win their 13th straight game and improve to 13-0 overall and 7-0 MIAC. St. Olaf drops to 5-9 overall and 1-6 in league play.
In a cold shooting first quarter, the Tommies trailed by as many as five (11-6) with less than a minute remaining in the opening frame. But four quick points to close the quarter brought the deficit back to one point headed to the second quarter.
After taking the lead on the first basket of the second (13-11) on a Lucia Renikoff three-pointer, the Oles went off on a 9-2 run to take another five-point lead (20-15) with 6:03 to play in the second quarter.
But the Tommies came right back to score eight straight points and take a three-point lead of their own (23-20) with just under three minutes to the half. They went on to close with an 8-4 advantage thanks to five points from Renikoff to take a 31-24 lead to the break.
St. Thomas shot just 39.3-percent from the floor and committed nine turnovers in the first half, but outrebounded the Oles 19-14, including seven offensive rebounds.
Senior Kaitlin Langer took over in the third quarter. Over a four minute stretch, Langer scored seven straight points to give her team a 12 point lead with 4:14 remaining in the third quarter.
This week's MIAC Player-of-the-Week continued on her tear through the fourth quarter, scoring the first 10 St. Thomas points of the final frame. Though the Oles came within seven points (56-49) with less than a minute remaining, fellow senior Paige Gernes hit her final five free throws to seal away the win.
For the game, St. Thomas shot 41.9-percent (18-43) from the floor, compared to 44-percent (22-50) for St. Olaf. The Tommies converted on 20-of-25 free throws, where the Oles went just 4-for-8 from the line. St. Thomas also turned the ball over 20 times to 15 for St. Olaf, but won the rebounding battle 32-24.
Langer finished with 17 points and nine rebounds in the second half and totaled 24 points with 12 boards on the night, good enough for her 20th career double-double. The senior went 7-of-13 from the field and an impressive 10-for-11 from the charity stripe on the night. Renikoff followed as the only other Tommie in double figures with 12 points.
Makenna Ash led the way for the Oles with 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting. She also finished with six rebounds. Margaret Anderson came next with 11 points on a 5-of-9 mark from the field.
St. Thomas will return home for a match up with Concordia on Saturday afternoon. That game, which will open a string of four straight home games, is set for a 1:00 pm tip.