MIAC Women's Basketball Notebook - February 5, 2019

Makenna Ash notched a pair of double-doubles in St. Olaf's victories over Saint Mary's and Concordia last week.
Makenna Ash notched a pair of double-doubles in St. Olaf's victories over Saint Mary's and Concordia last week.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - With four games left to play in the 2018-19 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) women's basketball regular season, four playoff spots remain unclaimed.

PLAYOFF PICTURE
Undefeated St. Thomas (14-0) and Augsburg (13-1) have already punched their tickets to the 2019 MIAC Women's Basketball Playoffs. With two weeks left in the regular season, eight of the 10 other MIAC teams remain in the playoff hunt.

POLL TALK
The University of St. Thomas is again ranked No. 3 in both the D3hoops.com Top 25 and Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Poll. Augsburg received 42 votes in the most recent D3hoops.com balloting.

NATIONAL NOTABLES
Augsburg guard Arianna Jones (Brooklyn Park, Minn. | Osseo) ranks second in NCAA Division III with an assist-turnover ratio of 4.05 this season.

St. Thomas center Hannah Spaulding (Annandale, Minn.) ranks No. 1 across all divisions with a field goal percentage of 71.3 this year.

The Tommies are shooting 50.0 percent from the field this season, second-best in Division III. UST also ranks third in three-point field goal percentage (39.4) and fifth in won-lost percentage (95.2).

AROUND THE MIAC
Junior guard Tamira McLemore (Eagan, Minn.) became the seventh player in Augsburg women's basketball history to score 1,000 career points, as the Auggies posted an 81-58 victory over Carleton College on Monday. McLemore scored a game-high 19 points in the victory.

Bethel forward Makenna Pearson (Blaine, Minn.) recorded back-to-back career performances averaging 23.6 points per game in a split weekend for the Royals. Before losing on a last second 3-point shot at Saint Benedict, Pearson poured in a game-high 23 points on 4-of-8 shooting from behind the arc and connected on a career-high nine field goals. Two days, later Pearson recorded her new career-high mark of 24 points to give the Royals their seventh straight win over St. Kate's. Pearson knocked down on five three-pointers in the win.

Carleton first-year Annabella Jensen (Salt Lake City, Utah | Hillcrest) scored 11 points and pulled down four rebounds in Monday's loss at Augsburg. Jensen has reached double figures nine times in her debut season.

Concordia nearly erased an 11-point deficit in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter before falling to St. Olaf, 76-73, last Saturday. Senior guard Grace Wolhowe (Staples, Minn. | Staples-Motley) led the Cobber attack as she scored 16 points and came away with a career-high six steals in the game.

Sophomore guard Alison Hinck (White Bear Lake, Minn.) provided a spark off the bench in a pair of wins for the Gusties last week. Hinck tallied a career-high 13 points in as many minutes in a 56-38 win at Hamline and followed up with eight more points in 16 minutes as the Gusties beat Carleton, 81-39.

Hamline junior Reilly Geistfeld (St. James, Minn. | Martin County West) registered her third consecutive double-double with a 13-point/12-rebound performance against Gustavus last Thursday. Geistfeld has reached double figures in all but two games this season.

Macalester forward Katherine Podoll (San Geronimo, Calif. | Sir Francis Drake) reached double figures for the fourth time in the last five games with a team-high 12 points in the Scots' loss to Saint Benedict last Saturday.

Saint Benedict post Sidney Schiffler (Albany, Minn.) hit the game-winning three-pointer with 11 seconds left last Wednesday to lift CSB to an 81-78 win over Bethel. Schiffler also had a career-high seven rebounds in the game to go along with 10 points and five assists. She scored 16 more points on Saturday including a pair of free throws and another big three late in the game to help seal the win against Macalester.

St. Catherine guard Audra Clark (Kenyon, Minn. | Keyon-Wanamingo) moved into second place in Wildcats scoring history after tallying 18 points in the team's loss to Bethel last Saturday. Clark now has 1,419 points in her four-year career, trailing LaShay Holt by 57 with four regular season games left to play.

Saint Mary's drained a season-high 10 three-pointers in last Thursday's 78-71 loss to St. Olaf. First-year guard Brooklyn Paulson (Holmen, Wis.) led the way for the Cardinals, knocking down five of those 10 treys.

Senior forward Makenna Ash (Ellison Bay, Wis. | Gibraltar) notched a pair of double-doubles in St. Olaf's victories over Saint Mary's and Concordia last week. The senior forward totaled 16 rebounds and 14 points in a 78-71 win at Saint Mary's on Thursday and tallied 15 points and 11 boards - eight of which came on the offensive end - on the road in a 76-73 win against the Cobbers on Saturday. Ash has registered a double-double in seven consecutive games and has a total of 14 on the season.

St. Thomas earned its 10th consecutive 20-win season under head coach Ruth Sinn last week after cruising to an 81-49 victory over Hamline. Senior center Hannah Spaulding (Annandale, Minn.) finished with a game-high 11 points and added six rebounds in 24 minutes of play.

LEAGUE LEADERS

2018-19 MIAC Statistical Leaders
Overall MIAC
Scoring Reilly Geistfeld, Hamline 16.5 PPG Reilly Geistfeld, Hamline 17.1 PPG
Rebounds Makenna Ash, St. Olaf 13.3 REB/G Makenna Ash, St. Olaf 13.9 REB/G
Assists Haylee Barker, Bethel 4.6 AST/G Haylee Barker, Bethel 5.3 AST/G
Steals Haylee Barker, Bethel 3.3 STL/G Haylee Barker, Bethel 2.9 STL/G
Blocks Hannah Spaulding, St. Thomas 2.1 BLK/G Hannah Spaulding, St. Thomas 2.5 BLK/G