Basketball Gameday: St. Mary’s at St. Benedict

MIAC women’s basketball

St. Benedict (6-5 MIAC, 9-5 overall)

vs. St. Mary’s (11-1 MIAC, 14-1 overall)

Game time: 3 p.m., Claire Lynch Hall, St. Joseph

Broadcast: WVAL-AM 800.

About the Blazers: St. Benedict has won two in a row, including a 63-41 win at St. Catherine on Wednesday night.

A victory today would be head coach Mike Durbin’s 600th win at the school (his 604th victory overall). The Blazers fell 67-64 to St. Mary’s when the two teams met on Dec. 7 in Winona.

Starting lineup

PG – Annie Dittberner (5-7, Fr., New Prague H.S.) 4.5 ppg 2.1 rpg

W – Brianna Barrett (5-7, Sr., Annandale H.S.) 15.2 ppg 3.4 rpg

W – Tish Alexander (5-9, Sr., Benilde-St. Margaret’s H.S.) 10.4 ppg 5.4 rpg

F – Morgan Dale (5-10, Sr., Jamestown, N.D.) 10.3 ppg 10.9 rpg

P – Mattie Lueck (6-0, So., Pequot Lakes H.S.) 9.4 ppg 4.9 rpg

About the Cardinals: St. Mary’s has now won 11 straight games and was ranked No. 25 in the most recent D3hoops.com Division III poll. Sophomore forward Shelby Auseth and senior forward Courtney Euerle, a Litchfield graduate, are both averaging 11.9 points per game.

Euerle is also averaging 7.7 rebounds per game. She had 15 points to lead her team past St. Benedict in the first meeting between the two teams.

Starting lineup

G – Bridget Pethke (5-5, So., New London, Wis.) 9.4 ppg 3.7 rpg

G – Sara Schoenthaler (5-10, Jr., White Bear Lake H.S.) 6.6 ppg 2.1 rpg

G – Darcey Rice (5-7, Sr., Eastview H.S.) 7.7 ppg 2.6 rpg

F – Shelby Auseth (5-9, So., Kenyon-Wanamingo H.S.) 11.9 ppg 4.1 rpg

F – Courtney Euerle (6-1, Sr., Litchfield H.S.) 11.9 ppg 7.7 rpg

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