Augustana Sweeps Saturday Doubleheader From Mary

The Augustana women’s basketball team used another strong third quarter to turn a deficit into a win as the Vikings topped UMary 80-73 Saturday afternoon.

Augustana, who has won seven of eight, improves to 13-7 overall and 9-7 in the NSIC. The Marauders fall to 15-10 overall and 9-7 in league play.

The Vikings led briefly in the first half and entered intermission trailing by 10 at 37-27. A 19-0 run in the third quarter erased the deficit and carried Augustana to a 46-40 lead with 3:27 remaining in the third quarter.

Junior Hannah Mitby scored seven of her 16 points in the run while senior McKenzee Zilverberg scored six of her 17 in the run. The 17 points tied her career high.

Augustana entered the final quarter trailing by one at 52-51.

Zilverberg was fouled while attempting a 3-point basket to open the final quarter and calmly sank all three shots from the charity stripe to take a 54-52 lead. The Marauders knotted the game at 55-all but was quickly answered by a jumper by freshman Lauren Sees.

Leading 67-65, Augustana went on a 7-0 run to push a nine-point advantage at 74-65 with just over a minute remaining. That was all the cushion the Vikings would need in the 80-73 win.

Augustana has now claimed four-straight wins on Heritage Court inside the Sanford Pentagon.

Zilverberg totaled the team-high 17 points while redshirt freshman Aislinn Duffy and Mitby each added 16 points. Senior Abby Hora was the final Viking in double-figure scoring at 10 points.

Augustana scored 27 points off 21 forced turnovers and committed just eight itself. Of the 21 forced turnovers, 13 were from steals where senior Hana Beyer recorded six.

Augustana also dominated the pace of play, much off the turnovers, by scoring 16 fast-break points. By comparison, UMary tallied just two points off turnovers and zero fast-break baskets.

The Vikings play four of their final six games on the road to close out the regular season, beginning with a road trip to Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State next weekend. Tip-off in Duluth, Minnesota, on Friday is slated for 5:30 p.m.

Tyler Riemersma recorded 23 rebounds as the Augustana men’s basketball team pushed past UMary 76-68 Saturday evening inside the Sanford Pentagon. The 23 rebounds in a single game are tied for second all-time in Augustana history.

The Vikings’ win snaps a small home skid for AU and improves them to 13-9 overall and 8-8 in NSIC action. UMary falls to 10-12 on the year and 5-11 in conference play.

Augustana jumped out to a nine-point lead in the early portion of the game but saw the Marauders storm back and take a seven-point lead with four minutes remaining in the half. The Vikings knotted the game on a Dylan LeBrun layup at 33-all before entering halftime trailing by two at 38-36.

The Vikings tied the game at 38-38 and again at 40-all before an Isaac Fink layup gave Augustana a 42-40 lead with 16:38 remaining in the game. The lead quickly grew to six points but the Vikings did not pull away from UMary as the lead hovered around the mark for most of the half.

The Vikings’ largest lead of the game came with 3:00 on the clock at 11 points when Fink connected on a pair of free throws for a 71-60 score. Augustana continued to lead around that mark, trading baskets with UMary before settling on the final score of 76-68.

Augustana once again dominated the rebounding game, much in thanks to Riemersma, holding a margin of 53-40 while limiting second-chance opportunities for UMary. The 23 rebounds by Riemersma are a conference-high this season.

LeBrun, a sophomore, led the Vikings with a game-high 15 points while Fink, a freshman, added 14 points. After Riemersma’s 13 points, the final Viking in double-figure scoring was sophomore Michael Schaefer with 11 points.

Augustana plays two of its final three regular-season weekends on the road, beginning with a trip to Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Tip-off from Minnesota Duluth is slated for 7:30 p.m.