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ISSUE 120 VOL 10 PUBLISHED 12/6/2006

All too familiar

By Matt Tiano
Sports Editor

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

In search of their first win of 2006-2007, the St. Olaf women'’s basketball team has been looking for answers to sort out turnover tribulations, rebounding difficulties and scoring troubles.

The latest chapter of a frustrating novel came on Monday evening at Skoglund, in which the Oles fell behind to Concordia early. St. Olaf failed to score in the game’'s first six minutes.

The Cobbers never looked back, upping their lead to 27 in the second half.

The turnover story was much improved from previous game totals of 29 and 26. On Monday, the Oles give-away total reached 21, but also forced 20 Cobber turnovers.

“"Turnover-wise, we are reducing them to manageable numbers,"” head coach Pat Buresh said. “"We still had too many against Concordia, but we played well enough defensively to force some against a good team."”

Offensively, St. Olaf only managed 42 points, eight below their season average, which is good for ninth in the conference.

“"On that particular night, we did not have a good flow offensively,"” Buresh said. “"We were hesitant and tentative.”"

Also on Monday, the Cobbers took over the offensive and defensive boards, grabbing 50 rebounds to the Oles’ 38.

A preseason goal for the women was to get out in transition and to wear teams out while pushing the ball up the court. Being the last place team in rebounding margin in the MIAC, this task is proving to be very difficult.

“"Boxing out is a focus of every day of every week,”" Buresh said. “"We begin to fall back into what'’s comfortable during our games. It'’s a matter of getting comfortable and playing in games like you do in practice.”"

On Wednesday night, Augsburg erased an early 17-4 deficit to deal the women a 72-66 home loss.

The Oles (0-7 overall, 0-4 MIAC) are idle until Jan. 3 when they travel to Winona to do battle with St. Mary'’s University.

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