Basketball Gameday: St. Benedict at St. Olaf

MIAC women’s basketball

St. Benedict (7-9 MIAC, 10-9 overall)

at St. Olaf (10-7 MIAC, 12-8 overall)

Game time: 3 p.m., Skoglund Center, Northfield.

Broadcast: WVAL-AM 800.

About the Blazers: St. Benedict is looking to stop a three-game losing streak and has lost four of its last five games.

That included a 64-56 loss at Augsburg on Wednesday night. The Blazers are expected to insert 6-foot-6 sophomore post Sydney Hughes into the starting lineup, moving sophomore post Mattie Lueck to the point guard spot.

St. Benedict defeated St. Olaf 66-51 on Jan. 11 in St. Joseph. But The Blazers have now fallen to seventh place in the MIAC standings.

Starting lineup

PG – Mattie Lueck (6-0, So., Pequot Lakes H.S.) 11.1 ppg 4.9 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.) 10.3 ppg 5.2 rpg

F – Morgan Dale (5-10, Sr., Jamestown, N.D.) 9.9 ppg 11.4 rpg

P – Sydney Hughes (6-0, So., Pequot Lakes H.S.) 11.1 ppg 4.9 rpg

About the Oles: St. Olaf has also struggled as of late, dropping three of its last four games, including a 58-49 setback on the road at Concordia on Wednesday. Sophomore guard Kim Cerjan has led the team in scoring in six of the past seven games.

She is averaging 14.8 points per game, which ranks her third in the MIAC. The Oles are in fifth place in the conference standings.

Starting lineup

G – Brittany Weber (5-8, Sr., Lion’s Gate H.S.) 3.0 ppg 3.1 rpg

G – Lauren Gutierrez (5-4, So., Littleton, Col.) 3.6 ppg 3.6 rpg

G – Kim Cerjan (5-11, So., Colorado Springs, Col.) 14.8 ppg 5.8 rpg

F – Elise Ramey (6-3, Sr., Eagan H.S.) 10.3 ppg 6.8 rpg

C – Emily Wahlberg (6-3, So., Phoenix, Ariz.) 6.4 ppg 5.6 rpg

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