Basketball Gameday: St. Benedict at Augsburg

MIAC women’s basketball

St. Benedict (7-8 MIAC, 10-8 overall)

at Augsburg (5-10 MIAC, 8-10 overall)

Game time: 7:30 p.m., Si Melby Hall, Minneapolis.

Broadcast: WBHR AM 660.

About the Blazers: St. Benedict has now lost three of its past four games — including a 61-58 setback at home against Gustavus Monday — and has slipped into seventh place in the conference. But the Blazers now start a stretch in which four of their next five games come against teams below them in the standings.

That includes two matchups against Augsburg, the second coming next Monday night at Claire Lynch Hall. That’s a makeup of a game postponed because of cold temperatures in January.

Senior forward Morgan Dale had her eighth double-double of the season against Gustavus. She remains in the lead in the MIAC with an average of 11.6 per game. And she is now averaging 10.2 points per game as well. Senior Brianna Barrett leads the team with an average of 13.9 points per game. Sophomore post Mattie Lueck is averaging 11 points per game.

Starting lineup

PG – Annie Dittberner (5-7, Fr., New Prague H.S.) 5.3 ppg 1.9 rpg

W – Brianna Barrett (5-7, Sr., Annandale H.S.) 13.9 ppg 3.4 rpg

W – Tish Alexander (5-9, Sr., Benilde-St. Margaret’s H.S.) 9.9 ppg 5.3 rpg

F – Morgan Dale (5-10, Sr., Jamestown, N.D.) 10.2 ppg 11.6 rpg

P – Mattie Lueck (6-0, So., Pequot Lakes H.S.) 11.0 ppg 4.8 rpg

About the Auggies: Augsburg has lost six of its last seven games, including a 79-40 loss to Conocrdia Monday. The Auggies snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over St. Catherine Saturday.

Senior Jill Tichy is averaging 14 points per game, which ranks seventh in the MIAC. Sophomore Ashley Anfinson had a career-best 13 points in the loss to the Cobbers.

Guard Jenna Orth, a sophomore from Melrose, has started all 18 games for her team. She is averaging 4.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Jessica Lilquist is averaging 10.3 points per game.

Starting lineup

G – Marie Fitzgerald (5-8, So., Fort Atkinson, Wis.) 6.7 ppg 5.3 rpg

G – Jenna Orth (5-7, So., Melrose H.S.) 4.6 ppg 4.9 rpg

F – Jill Tichy (5-10, Sr., Minnetonka H.S.) 14.0 ppg 4.3 rpg

F – Jessica Lilquist (5-11, So., Sebeka H.S.) 10.3 ppg 4.6 rpg

C – Bridget Koop (6-2, So., Cretin-Derham Hall H.S.) 4.4 ppg 3.1 rpg

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