Basketball team wins two, drops one as first years make debuts
While some Oles headed home over break, the St. Olaf women’s basketball team headed to Colorado for the 2012 Thanksgiving Classic. The women opened their season with a game against Colorado College on Nov. 21, winning 80-51. On Nov. 23, the Oles faced Lewis and Clark College, losing 73-59. The Oles were able to bring home a second win with a 65-56 victory over Ohio Wesleyan University on Nov. 24.
First years made their debut appearances as Oles, while veteran players who were previously injured returned to the court.
“It was exciting to be back on the court as I was hurt last season,” Maddie Ehrich ’14 said. Brittany Webber ’14 and Elise Raney ’14 also returned from injuries.
Guard Kim Cerjan ’16 scored 16 and 21 points in her first two college games on Nov. 21 and 23. Center Nikki Frogner ’15 came up big against Ohio Wesleyan College, scoring 20 points.
“The games were a good challenge for us, especially our second game against nationally-ranked Lewis and Clark,” Captain Mackenzie Wolter ’13 said. “We did a lot of good things out there as a team, but more importantly, we really found out what we needed to work on and improve in order to become one of those top-tier teams.”
The Oles returned from Colorado with more than simply their two wins.
“We are confident that we can learn from the mistakes we made in our first games and do the little things that will make us a really tough team to beat,” Wolter said.
These first few games preview what the rest of the season will likely look like for the team.
“This season looks very promising,” Cerjan said. “We have a large roster and each player is capable of producing positive enforcement on the court.”
The team begins MIAC play with three away games, the first on Nov. 28 at Saint Mary’s University. The Oles’ first home game is on Dec. 5 against the College of St. Catherine.