MIAC Women's Basketball Notebook - January 8, 2019

Bethel's Hannah Johnson poured in a game-high 16 points to go along with a career-high 18 rebounds to aid the Royals in topping then-No. 9-ranked George Fox on the road.
Bethel's Hannah Johnson poured in a game-high 16 points to go along with a career-high 18 rebounds to aid the Royals in topping then-No. 9-ranked George Fox on the road.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) women's basketball teams were back in action last week following a break for the holidays. Two teams - Augsburg and St. Thomas - remain undefeated in conference play with six weeks of regular season games left before the MIAC Playoffs.

POLL TALK
The University of St. Thomas is ranked No. 4 in the D3hoops.com Top 25 and No. 5 in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Poll. Augsburg received six votes in the most recent D3hoops.com balloting.

NATIONAL NOTABLES
Augsburg guard Arianna Jones (Brooklyn Park, Minn. | Osseo) ranks third in NCAA Division III with an assist-turnover ratio of 4.38 this season.

Concordia currently ranks third in D-III with a percentage of 77.4 from the free throw line this season.

St. Thomas center Hannah Spaulding (Annandale, Minn.) ranks No. 1 across all divisions with a field goal percentage of 73.2 this year.

The Tommies are shooting 49.5 percent from the field this season, third-best in Division III.

AROUND THE MIAC
Junior guard Tamira McLemore (Eagan, Minn.) averaged 16.0 points and 4.5 rebounds as Augsburg won both of its games last week to improve to 11-2 overall and 6-0 in MIAC play. McLemore scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field, hitting three three-pointers while pulling down five rebounds with two assists and two steals in Augsburg's 66-60 win at Saint Benedict on Wednesday. She scored 17 points with four rebounds, two assists, and two steals, as Augsburg outscored Saint Mary's by a 25-10 margin in the fourth quarter to claim a 73-62, come-from-behind, road victory on Saturday.

Bethel center Hannah Johnson (Duluth, Minn. | East) registered double-digit scoring totals four times in the last 10 days to help extend Bethel's winning streak to six games, including five road victories and an upset of the nation's ninth-ranked team. Johnson poured in a game-high 16 points to go along with a career-high 18 rebounds to aid the Royals in topping No. 9-ranked George Fox, 65-64, in Newberg, Ore. last Sunday night. The performance was one of two double-doubles recorded by the senior center last week, as Johnson also posted 14 points and 12 boards in a win over St. Catherine on Saturday. She is one of two MIAC players (along with St. Olaf's Makenna Ash) currently averaging double-digits in both points and rebounds per game this season.

Carleton rookie Annabella Jensen (Salt Lake City, Utah | Hillcrest) nearly corralled her third career double-double performance with a team-high 10 points while also pulling down nine rebounds and grabbing three steals in a loss to Gustavus over the weekend. Jensen previously posted back-to-back double-doubles against Caltech and UC-Santa Clara in November.

Concordia newcomer Braydn Dresser (Fargo, N.D.) joined the Cobbers over the holidays after transferring from Dakota Wesleyan. The first-year guard was pressed into action on Saturday, connecting on 3-of-4 shots from beyond the arc and finishing with 13 points in 19 minutes of play against St. Olaf.

Gustavus forward Paige Richert (Comfrey, Minn.) scored 14 of her game-high 17 points in the first half to help the Gusties defeat Carleton, 73-43, on Saturday. The sophomore went 5-of-9 from the floor, in addition to connecting on 7-of-8 free throws in the game.

Hamline junior Reilly Geistfeld (St. James, Minn. | Martin County West) hit two three-pointers in the last 15 seconds of play as HU rallied for a 67-66 win over Saint Mary's to open the new year. Geistfeld went 6-for-9 from beyond the arc last week to move into a tie with St. Catherine's Danica Cambrice for the highest overall scoring average among MIAC competitors at 17.1 points per game this season.

Macalester guard Justine Barraza (Burbank, Calif. | Harvard-Westlake) connected on 5-of-7 three-point tries and finished with 22 points in the Scots' 64-60 loss to Saint Benedict on Saturday. It was the first 20-point game of Barraza's career.

Sophomore forward Maddie Schmitz (St. Martin, Minn. | Albany) led the team in scoring in three of CSB's four games over the last two weeks and scored in double-digits three times during that span. She totaled 17 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, to help Saint Benedict to a come-from-behind win on the road at Macalester over the weekend.

St. Catherine guard Audra Clark (Kenyon, Minn. | Keyon-Wanamingo) became the program's all-time leader in assists when she eclipsed 300 in a win at Minn.-Morris to close out December. Clark has averaged 14.3 points and 5.3 assists per game in the last two weeks.

Saint Mary's first-year guard Brooklyn Paulson (Holmen, Wis.) knocked down a single-game career-high seven three-pointers in the Cardinals' 73-62 loss to Augsburg last Saturday. Paulson's seven treys were one shy of the school record, set by Ashley Luehmann on January 22, 2005.

St. Olaf first-year K'Lynn Lewis (St. Paul, Minn. | St. Agnes) averaged 12.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists over the last two weeks for the Oles. Lewis led the team with 16 points in its victory over Bethany Lutheran on December 30, sinking a three-pointer and a pair of free throws late in the game to secure the win. She also tallied 19 points against Concordia last Saturday to mark her 10th double-digit scoring game of the season.

St. Thomas center Hannah Spaulding (Annandale, Minn.) posted an 11-point, 16-rebound double-double, along with six blocks, to help UST extend its MIAC win streak to 60 on Saturday. The nationally-ranked Tommies have held each of their last 12 opponents to less than 67 points.

LEAGUE LEADERS

2018-19 MIAC Statistical Leaders
Overall MIAC
Scoring Danica Cambrice, St. Catherine
Reilly Geistfeld, Hamline
17.1 PPG Danica Cambrice, St. Catherine 19.8 PPG
Rebounds Makenna Ash, St. Olaf 12.3 REB/G Makenna Ash, St. Olaf 12.7 REB/G
Assists Arianna Jones, Augsburg 4.4 AST/G Audra Clark, St. Catherine 5.4 AST/G
Steals Haylee Barker, Bethel 3.9 STL/G Haylee Barker, Bethel 3.8 STL/G
Blocks Hannah Spaulding, St. Thomas 2.2 BLK/G Hannah Spaulding, St. Thomas 3.2 BLK/G