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December 9, 2008

2008-09 Season - Augustana falls 89-62 to St. Ambrose in women's basketball

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – The Augustana women’s basketball team fell behind early and could never quite catch up on Tuesday, December 9 against St. Ambrose in Rock Island, Illinois.  The Vikings trailed by 18 at halftime and lost 89-62 to the Queen Bees.  Augustana drops to 1-5 overall.

St. Ambrose took control of the contest with a 17-2 spurt midway through the first half to jump out to a 32-13 lead.  Amy Fulfs, Megan Cash, and Mary Burmeister all played key roles during the scoring spree and each finished the night with over 20 points.  The Queen Bees maintained the advantage for the rest of half and led 43-25 heading to intermission.

Augustana fought back early in the second half, using a 12-1 run to creep back to within 10 points at 47-37 with 16:11 to play.  Freshman Lani Kasten (Forreston HS, German Valley, Ill.) started the comeback with a jumper and sophomore Jeanelle Strohmaier (Genoa-Kingston HS, Genoa, Ill.) followed with two straight buckets of her own as Augustana closed the gap to 47-31.  Freshman Natalie Runge (St. Dominic HS, O’Fallon, Mo.) added a made free throw, Kasten knocked in a three point field goal, and junior Kristen Fox (Ottawa HS, Ottawa, Ill.) scored to complete the stretch for the Vikings.

Another jumper by Fox at the 13:07 mark again put Augustana within striking distance at 51-41, but that was as close as the Vikings would get the rest of the way.  The Queen Bees gradually pulled away to earn the 89-62 road win.

St. Ambrose shot 42.7 percent (35-82) from the floor while Augustana finished at 36.2 percent (21-58) from the field.  The Vikings finished with a 53-39 rebounding advantage.

Runge (pictured above) led the Vikings with 15 points and also had eight rebounds.  Fox closed out the night with a double-double, scoring 12 points and also grabbing a dozen rebounds.  Kasten was in double figures with 12 points and Strohmaier finished the game with 10 points.

Story written by Assistant Sports Information Director Adam Strand