Women's Basketball Recap
A 59-point second half surge carried sixth-ranked Augustana to a 98-69 win at Upper Iowa on Saturday evening. The Vikings remain undefeated at 9-0, 5-0 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action while the Peacocks fall to 3-8, 0-5 NSIC.
Alex Feeney scored a season-high 24 points to lead the potent Vikings offense which sank 15 three-point baskets shooting at a 46.9 percent clip from behind the arc and 43.8 from the field.
Shaunteva Ashley had a busy game racking up 18 points, eight assists, and five rebounds while hitting all six of her free throw attempts. Emily Schulte also was 6-6 from the foul line and finished with 15 points while Riley Nordgaard hit a season-high three three-point field goals to finish with 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Vikings recorded a season-high 21 fouls and sent the Peacocks to the free throw line 35 times. Upper Iowa hit 25-35 from the line including leading scorer Whitney Kieffer hitting 14-17 and finishing with 22 points.
The Viking defense continued in its stalwart nature holding Upper Iowa to 35.5 percent shooting an 0-12 from three-point distance. Augustana has yet to allow an opponent to shoot over 40 percent in a game this season.
After the Vikings started the game 0-5, including four missed three-point attempts, Feeney sank a 15-foot jumper and a three to tie the score at 5-5 providing a scoring spark the Vikings needed early. The teams traded a pair of free throws each before Feeney struck again from deep, this time off a Nordgaard offensive rebound.
Ashley kept the Vikings offense hot from deep with a three-pointer herself and she combined with Feeney to score the Vikings' first 13 points.
Lydia Nelson answered two free throws by Upper Iowa with a jumper in the paint and Riley Nordgaard converted one of her two foul shots to put the Vikings up 16-11. Augustana took a timeout just before the ten-minute mark due to consecutive Peacock layups.
Schulte scored the next five points for Augustana with two free throws and then a long three-pointer. UIU answered with two free throws but Nordgaard and Ashley hit three-point baskets to go ahead 27-17.
The Peacocks chipped away at the lead with four straight free throws and Ashley answered with a pair of her own to conserve Augustana's eight-point lead at 29-21.
Feeney and Ashley continued to carry the Vikings offense with a jumper each but the Peacocks would not falter and stayed within double-digits at 38-31.
The Vikings converted one of two free throws but the Peacocks continued to do their damage from the free throw line, hitting 16-20 in the first half and entered the intermission with Augustana ahead 39-34.
The Vikings hit seven of their 19 three-point attempts and shot 30 percent from the field in the first stanza. The Vikings did cause eight turnovers and dished out nine assists, but they also racked up eight turnovers themselves.
The second half started with a bang, Faith Tinklenberg and Feeney each hit a three-pointer and the Peacocks were forced to take a timeout up 45-34. Nelson followed up with a three of her own and Ashley hit a jumper to give Augustana a 50-35 lead.
Shulte, Nelson and Andrea Whitney, who finished with a game-high nine rebounds, all chipped in as the Vikings lead grew to 18 with 15 minutes still to play in the second half. The lead eventually reached 60-40 the product of a 21-6 run to open the second half.
Feeney hit a jump shot at the 10-minute mark to go ahead 68-49 after both teams traded baskets. Nordgaard hit a three on the ensuing possession.
Emily Bose came on strong off the bench and teamed up with Schulte and Feeney to put the Vikings up 81-54 at the six-minute mark.
Katie Meister and Rhianna Gullickson put the finishing touches on the landslide victory while Cami Koehn continued to light it up from deep to fuel the blowout.
The Vikings outscored Upper Iowa 59-35 in the second half and walked away with their 98-69 victory.
Augustana is off until Jan. 4 when they host Minnesota State at the Elmen Center at 6 p.m.
Men's Basketball Recap
Augustana held off a strong second half effort by Upper Iowa to earn a 71-64 victory on Saturday night in Fayette, Iowa.
Augustana improves to 8-1 on the season, 4-1 in conference play while Upper Iowa drops to 6-3, 4-1 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action.
Upper Iowa took its first lead of the game, since the opening minutes,
(54-53) with 6:25 to play in the game but the Vikings were able to keep it close and come away with the big road win. The Peacocks entered tonight's game unbeaten in conference play, having taken down ranked Minnesota State and Winona State earlier in the season.
McCaffery scored 14 of his 20 points on the night in the second half to lead the Vikings in scoring. The senior has now scored in double-digits in all nine games and has scored 20 or more points in a game 28 times in his career and six times this season.
Freshman Casey Schilling, making his second straight start, nearly missed a double-double finishing with 11 points and nine rebounds. The freshman was 4 of 6 from the field, including 2 of 2 from 3-point range for the Vikings. Daniel Jansen reached double-digits for the fifth time this season scoring 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting while hitting 1 of 4 free throws.
Yuriy Malashenko added eight points for the Vikings, shooting 3 of 7 from the field, knocking down two 3-pointers. Zach Huisken finished with seven points and seven boards on the night.
Grant Lang kept Upper Iowa in the mix all night long connecting on 5 of
7 shots from 3-point range finishing with 18 points. Tucker Wentzien added 16 points for the Peacocks going 7 of 16 from the field and adding seven rebounds.
Augustana turned the ball over 15 times in the game leading to 18 points for the Peacocks. Those points turned in to long runs twice for Upper Iowa turning Augustana's large first half lead into a game.
Augustana jumped out to an early lead in the first half going up by five points five minutes into the game on a layup by Zach Huisken. Over the next six minutes, Augustana went on a 15-3 run to take a commanding 24-7 lead with 9:32 left in the half.
During that stretch, Malashenko and Leif Nomeland hit back-to-back 3-pointers to fuel the Vikings' run. Nomeland finished the game with seven points.
Schilling hit a 3-pointer at the 8:44 mark to put the Vikings in front 27-10 and that sparked a big run by the home team. Upper Iowa went on an 8-0 run to make the score 27-18 with 6:30 to play in the half.
Schilling drilled his second 3-pointer of the half with 3:20 to play to push Augustana's lead back to 15 at 36-21. The Peacocks answered with another run and were able to cut Augustana's lead to nine at 38-29 as the two teams head into the locker room at halftime.
The Vikings shot 53 percent from the field in the half on 16 of 30 shooting, including 5 of 12 from 3-point range. Augustana held a 19-12 rebounds advantage, grabbing 13 defensive boards in the half. Upper Iowa shot 41 percent (11 of 27) from the field, including 3 of 9 from 3-point range. Upper Iowa hit all four free throw attempts in the half while Augustana was just 1 of 3 from the charity stripe.
Schilling led the Vikings in the first half scoring eight points on 3 of
4 shooting, including 2 of 2 from 3-point range. McCaffrey added six points while dishing out five assists in the first 20 minutes.
The Vikings opened the second half on a 7-2 run to extend its lead to 14 at 45-31. After a Upper Iowa basket McCaffrey drilled a 3-pointer to make the score 48-36 with 14:54 to play in the game, the Vikings turned the ball over on its next two possessions helping the Peacocks erase a 12-point Augustana lead.
Over the next six minutes Upper Iowa was able to cut Augustana's lead to two at 53-51 with 8:30 left in the game when Lang drilled a 3-pointer and free throw to convert the 4-point-play after an Augustana foul on the shot.
A few possessions later Augustana fouled Sam Elgin as he attempted a 3-point shot and he proceeded to knock dUpper Iowa in front 54-53 with 6:25 left in the game. Augustana and Upper Iowa would play to three tie scores over the next two minutes before Schilling put Augustana in front for good at 59-58 hitting one of two free throws with 3:25 to play.
The Vikings would not surrender the lead for the remainder of the game as McCaffrey would score seven points in the final 47 seconds of the game to give the Vikings a 71-64 road win over Upper Iowa.
Augustana returns home on Jan.4-5 hosting Minnesota State and Concordia-St. Paul.
Courtesy: Augustana Athletics