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Auggies shoot for playoffs


John Kipper, Staff Writer

Within the MIAC, the Augsburg Women’s Basketball team finds themselves in sixth place which is good for the end of the season. However, with three weeks and five games left to go in the season, making it to March is not a guarantee. The Auggies (6-6) will play Concordia College, the University of St. Thomas and Saint Benedict on the road before coming home to close out the season against St. Catherine University and Macalester College.
St. Thomas is in the midst of an undefeated season and has already clinched a playoff position while St. Benedict’s sits in second place. Concordia (4-8) and St. Catherine (4-8) are two games behind Augsburg, but they are not entirely out of the running to make a push for the sixth and final playoff spot.
The Auggies have a legitimate opportunity not only to make the playoffs but to climb in the standings a spot or two if they are able to pull of an upset victory over the Tommies or the Blazers. Augsburg has tremendous offensive potential that has yet to be seen firing on all cylinders this season with a defense that has kept the Auggies in many games this year against tough opponents. 
With the home stretch of the season in clear view, the Auggies look to build on the recent success within the program. A young and very talented roster looks not only to accomplish great things for the rest of the 2018 campaign, but they are looking to be a force to be reckoned with in MIAC play for years to come. 
The Auggies do not return to action at Si Melby Hall until February 14th.  They will play host to St. Catherine University in a pivotal MIAC matchup followed by a showdown with Macalester that same week.

This article first appeared in the Friday, February 2, 2018, Edition of The Echo.