Women’s basketball beats Carleton, remains no. 2 in MIAC standings

Dominick Ingram, Staff Writer

The team women’s basketball reminded their foes of their dominance with an 81–58 victory over Carleton College on Monday evening at Si Melby Hall. This win improves their record to 18–3, trailing only St. Thomas who is undefeated in MIAC play (13–0), and only lost one game all season (20–1).

The Auggies came out on fire, starting the game on a 10–0 run, but it was the Auggie defense that stole the show. The Carleton Knights, who have struggled mightily this season (record of 3–18 overall, 0–14 MIAC), committed 27 turnovers which created 35 points for the Auggies. Kaezha Wubben was the leader defensively, having a game-high four steals and also added 11 points.

Augsburg was sharp offensively, putting up a total of 81 points in the game. Augsburg shot 43.5 percent (30-of-69) from the field, while the Knights shot a scorching 52.3 percent (23-of-44). 11 players for the Auggies contributed in the scoring column with five players scoring double digits. Arianna Jones was on fire, shooting 6-of-10 from the field, scoring 15 points, with three three-pointers and also adding a pair of steals. Tamira McLemore, who leads Augsburg with 15.2 points per game, stuffed the stat sheet Monday, leading all players with a game-high 19 points, five rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists. McLemore also scored her thousandth point in an Auggie uniform, becoming only the seventh player in program history to achieve that feat. Camryn Speese and first-year guard Selena Lor both finished with 10 points apiece.

The Auggies have only four games left in the regular season, and they will be determined to increase their standing in order to get the number-one seed in the MIAC playoffs. Their next game is against the University of St. Thomas on Saturday which will be a pivotal game for playoff positioning.

This article was originally published in the Feb. 8, 2019 issue.