The Oles needed a win and a St. Thomas loss to make the MIAC playoffs as the number six seed. Unfortunately, the Cardinals pulled away in the extra session.
At the end of the first half, the Oles held a 31-26 lead with Kristy Larson 05 already contributing eight points. The team was 6-of-6 from the free throw line and shot an impressive 48 percent from the field.
Unfortunately, the Oles consistency could not be maintained during the second half. Their shooting percentage fell 35 percent and the squad commited 15 turnovers. We got too antsy on offense and didnt look for the high percentage shot, head coach Pat Buresh said.
As the game progressed, the competition grew fiercer. With 14 minutes remaining in the second half, the lady Oles had a 12-point lead over St. Marys. The lead came to an end when Ashley Luehmann of St. Marys nailed a three-pointer, tying the game with just 1:13 left in the half.
The Cardinals continued to show their strength in overtime. The team scored the first six points in the period, only let one point from St. Olaf get by, and won the game. Jamie Rattunde scored six out of St. Marys eight points in the quick period, four being free throw shots.
Despite the Oles loss, several players offered outstanding performances on the team. Larson, who earned MIAC Co-Athlete of the Week honors after averaging 16.3 points a game last week, finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Holly Grimsrud 05 also made an impressive contribution, pouring in 11 points.
Although the Oles will lose two key seniors, Larson and Molly Simon 05, Buresh has strong hopes for next season.
I think were on the cusp of doing a lot of great things, reflected Buresh. I think that were going to be a very good team next year.