MIAC Women's Basketball Notebook - November 23, 2021

Jen Masello averaged 22.5 points and 11.5 rebounds for the Auggies last week.
Jen Masello averaged 22.5 points and 11.5 rebounds for the Auggies last week.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - With two rounds of conference games already in the books, Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) women's basketball teams are set for one more round of league contests on Tuesday before the Thanksgiving holiday break.


STAT PACK
The latest MIAC women's basketball Stat Pack as of Tuesday, November 23, 2021 can be viewed here.


POLL TALK
Bethel collected 79 points in the D3hoops.com Preseason Top 25 Poll, finishing just outside the top-25. Gustavus totaled 18 points in the preseason balloting.

The first regular-season D3hoops.com poll of the year is expected on Monday, November 29.

Gustavus also received 16 points in the first Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Top 25 Poll of the season, released on November 23.


NATIONAL NOTABLES
Augsburg senior forward Jen Masello made 13 field goals against UW-River Falls on 11/17, tied for the sixth-most in any NCAA Division III game this season.

Carleton junior guard Aiana Whitfield is averaging 5.0 steals per game this season, tied for the eighth-highest average in NCAA Division III. Her nine steals against Luther on 11/12 are tied for the fifth-most in any D-III game this season.

Saint Benedict sophomore guard Carla Meyer has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 4:1 this season, tied for sixth-best in NCAA Division III.

St. Olaf senior guard K'Lynn Lewis is shooting 80.0 percent from 3-point range this season, tied for the second-highest percentage in D-III.

St. Olaf junior guard Sophie Olmen is tied for fourth in Division III with a 3-point shooting percentage of 66.7 this season.


AROUND THE MIAC
Augsburg senior forward Jen Masello averaged 22.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, and 2.0 steals per game in a 1-1 week for the Auggies. Masello scored a team- and career-high 29 points and recorded a double-double with 13 rebounds while shooting 56.5 percent from the floor in a game against UW-River Falls on 11/17. She notched another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 54.5 percent from the field in the Auggies' win over Hamline on 11/20.

Bethel first-year guard Autumn Earney led the Royals with 12 points off the bench in a 53-42 loss to Gustavus on 11/20. Her four field goals, three rebounds, and 23 minutes of game time were all career highs.

Carleton junior guard Aiana Whitfield poured in a career-best 23 points and added five steals as the Knights erased a 12-point deficit to earn a 54-45 victory over visiting Concordia on 11/17. This was her second career 20-point game. The Knights trailed 38-26 with 0:45 left in the third quarter when Whitfield drained a 3-pointer to spark a comeback as she scored 13 points over the last 11 minutes of the game. The Knights still trailed 45-38 with 4:15 remaining in regulation, but Whitfield sunk another 3-pointer that turned into a game-ending 16-0 run for the home team. She accounted for six points during that surge and added a game-high five steals in the contest - three of them in the fourth quarter.

Concordia junior guard Emily Beseman posted back-to-back double-digit point totals to begin the MIAC season. Beseman scored 24 points against St. Catherine on 11/13 and added 17 against Carleton on 11/17. Seven of her 12 field goals in conference play have come from beyond the arc.

Gustavus junior guard Anna Sanders scored a team-high 13 points in the Gusties' victory over Bethel on 11/20. Sanders shot 5-for-11 from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range.

Hamline senior center Sarah Loken scored a season-high 15 points in a 64-62 loss to Augsburg on 11/20. Loken scored 11 of those points in the second quarter, including a pair of free throws with 33 seconds left in the half to send the game into intermission tied at 35.

Macalester senior guard Celine Sabbagh averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists over two games last week. In a 74-45 victory over Northland on 11/16, she was 7-of-9 from the field en route to 18 points and six rebounds. On 11/20, Sabbagh registered 17 points, seven boards, four assists, and two steals in a narrow 63-58 loss to Saint Mary's in the MIAC opener.

Saint Benedict junior forward Tori Szathmary recorded her second double-double of the season on 11/20 to help the Bennies start MIAC play with a win at St. Scholastica. She recorded 16 points and a season-best 12 rebounds in the win while shooting nearly 43 percent from the field, including 2-for-2 from long range.

St. Catherine first-year guard Kylie Wood scored a team-high 14 points in a 61-49 victory over St. Olaf on 11/20. Wood went 4-for-9 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free throw line in the game.

Saint Mary's senior guard Brooklyn Paulson scored a team-high 22 points - including 16 in the second half - as the Cardinals held off Macalester for a 63-58 win on 11/20. It was the first time this season and the ninth time in her career that Paulson eclipsed the 20-point mark.

St. Olaf junior guard Sophie Olmen collected seven points and 11 rebounds in the team's loss to St. Catherine on 11/20. She is averaging 10.0 boards and 9.0 points per game this season. 

St. Scholastica sophomore forward Megan Hurley shot a season-best 77.8 percent from the floor against Saint Benedict on 11/20. Hurley scored 16 points for her third consecutive game with double-digit points.


UP NEXT
Tuesday, November 23 | MIAC App | MIAC Scoreboard | MIAC Live
5:15 PM | Macalester at Concordia*
7:00 PM | St. Scholastica at St. Catherine*
7:00 PM | Augsburg at Bethel*
7:00 PM | Hamline at Saint Mary's*
7:00 PM | St. Olaf at Gustavus*
7:00 PM | Saint Benedict at UW-Superior

Sunday, November 28 | MIAC App | MIAC Scoreboard | MIAC Live
2:00 PM | Luther at Saint Mary's

*MIAC game


LEAGUE LEADERS

2021-22 MIAC Statistical Leaders
Overall MIAC
Scoring Emily Beseman, Concordia 16.3 PPG Aiana Whitfield, Carleton 23.0 PPG
Rebounds Jen Masello, Augsburg 10.8 REB/G Tori Szathmary, Saint Benedict 12.0 REB/G
Assists Jill Yanai, Carleton 5.0 AST/G 3 tied 6.0 AST/G
Steals Aiana Whitfield, Carleton 5.0 STL/G Isabelle Henry, Carleton
Aiana Whitfield, Carleton
5.0 STL/G
Blocks Cassie Fix, St. Olaf 2.5 BLK/G Jen Masello, Augsburg 3.0 BLK/G