SMU women annihilate Gustavus to advance in MIAC playoffs

The Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team hit each of its first eleven shots from the field in a 90-58 thumping of Gustavus Adolphus in the first round of the MIAC Tournament at Saint Mary’s Gymnasium on Tuesday.

The 90 points were a season-high for SMU (18-8, 12-7 MIAC), which led 48-30 at halftime after Emma Schaefer went coast-to-coast and hit a running floater in the lane at the first half buzzer.

Schaefer scored a game-high 26 points for the Cardinals, while Shelby Auseth had 15 to go along with eight rebounds and Molly O’Toole tossed in 14. Micaela Meredith contributed seven points and seven rebounds off the bench for SMU, which saw nine players score at least one point.

The Cardinals converted 23-of-26 free throws and went 9-for-12 from 3-point range, led by Schaefer who drilled four out of five attempts from long distance and went 10-for-12 overall for the game. Saint Mary’s didn’t just dominate from the floor or free throw line, however, as they outrebounded the Gusties 33-24.

Mikayla Martin led Gustavus Adolphus (17-9, 11-8) with 15 points before fouling out, while Hannah Howard and Miranda Rice each finished with 10.

With the win, Saint Mary’s has now earned at least one victory in each of the past four MIAC playoffs, and advance to the semifinals to face Bethel in Arden Hills, Minnesota on Thursday at 7 p.m., a team which swept SMU this season.

Thanks to No. 6 seed Augsburg’s upset win over Concordia College, the Cardinals will not play top-seeded and undefeated St. Thomas unless both teams reach the MIAC title game, which would be a rematch of the championship tilt from a year ago.

Tune in for the Extra Point replay today at noon only on TV 25!

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