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ISSUE 121 VOL 11 PUBLISHED 2/22/2008

Women post big upset

By Eric Monek Anderson
Sports Editor

Friday, February 22, 2008

In their penultimate game of the season, the St. Olaf women's basketball team scored a steady 63-51 upset against rival Carleton, who currently sit in fourth place in the MIAC. The Oles are 10th.

All of St. Olaf's points were scored by its starting five. The victors were paced by Kelsey Oja '09 with 15 points, as well as Jamie Erdahl '11 and Kristina Stoermer '08 with 14 points apiece. Danielle Stoermer '08 and Britta Hendrickson '09 each put up 10 points and at least seven rebounds.

After a cold-shooting first half for both teams, the Oles broke away and outscored Carleton 40-29 in the second half to win comfortably and run their record to 7-14 in the MIAC and 8-16 overall.

Danielle Stoermer was confident before the game given the Oles' ability. "We know that we have the determination and desire to beat any team -- which is exactly what we need to beat Carleton."

In an earlier game against Gustavus Saturday, the Oles coughed up a 31-29 halftime lead and fell 71-66 to the 16-7 Gusties. Four of St. Olaf's five starters managed double figures, and were led by 18 points and eight assists from point guard Erdahl. Danielle Stoermer '08 scored 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting while her sister Kristina posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

With the season winding down, the Oles lost leading scorer and key post contributor Elyse Erickson '09, who left to study in Australia for the semester after the team's game against Augsburg Feb. 4.

In reflections on the season with one game remaining, Danielle Stoermer was positive. "We have definitely struggled at times throughout the year, but we have really come together as a team and have learned a lot through the process -- both as basketball players and as young women," Stoermer said. "Our goals of being over.500 and making the playoffs obviously weren't met, but other stats (such as rebounds and shooting percentages) have gradually improved."

Stoermer was not at all surprised by the Oles' strong efforts against late-season elite competition. "Everyone is competitive and plays for the love of the game, so even though we can't make the playoffs we still have a lot to play for."

The Oles close out their season and bid farewell to their seniors with a home game Saturday against St. Kate's, a team just one game ahead of St. Olaf in the MIAC standings. The game will tip off at 3 p.m.

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