Women's Basketball Holds Off Bethany Lutheran

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DULUTH, Minn. (csssaints.com) – The St. Scholastica women's basketball team was able to pull away from the Bethany Lutheran Vikings in the second half and the Saints would come away with a 64-53 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) victory Friday night at the Reif Gymnasium.

The first half saw the Saints jump out to a quick 5-0 lead before Bethany would settle into the flow of the game.  Bethany established presence inside, grabbing ten offensive rebounds to the Saints' seven.   The Saints would hold leads of eight and ten throughout most of the half.  The Vikings never let the lead get above ten and the Saints led 31-23 at the break.

The Saints had a poor shooting half, only going 7-for-24 from the field, but did make up for that stat going 15-for-18 from the free-throw line.  Both teams combined for 22 turnovers in the first half.

The second half saw the Saints maintain their lead as they would jump out to a 12 point lead off of a Danica Schellbach (Rush City, Minn./Rush City HS) lay-up to put the Saints up 43-31 with 13:40 remaining in the game.

CSS would never relinquish a lead smaller than eight points and the Saints would come out victorious by a score of 64-53.

Bethany Lutheran (5-15, 3-6 UMAC) was led by Kasslin Swenson with 17 points and seven boards.  Shelby Wiederhoeft chipped in 11 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

The Vikings finished the game shooting 32-percent from the field, 11-percent from beyond the arc, and 64-percent from the free throw line.  BLC would finish the game with 23 turnovers and 11 steals.

CSS was led by Erin Frase (Phillips, Wis./Phillips HS (UW-River Falls)) with 14 points.  Kayla Heisler (Remer, Minn./Northland HS) added 13 points while Schellbach chipped in 11 points.  Mariah Hovick (Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake HS) also added 11 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds for a double-double on the night.

The Saints would finish the game shooting 40-percent from the field, 32-percent from beyond the arc, and 82-percent from the charity stripe.

CSS was 13-for-13 to start the game from the free-throw line.  The Saints would be outrebounded 48-33 but did commit two less turnovers with 21.

St. Scholastica (9 -11, 6-3 UMAC) will hold its annual Alumni Game tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. and then will host Martin Luther College in the afternoon.  Tip is scheduled for 3 p.m. local time.  That game can be viewed live on Saints Sports Net on csssaints.com.