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February 6, 2010

2009-2010 Season - Vikings drop road game against Carthage

KENOSHA, Wis. – The Augustana women’s basketball team fell 80-35 to Carthage on Saturday, February 6 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  The Vikings struggled to score while the Lady Reds caught fire in the second half on the way to a lopsided victory.  The Blue & Gold drop to 6-15 overall and 1-9 in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.

Carthage scored early and often at the beginning of the contest, jumping out to a 13-2 advantage less than four minutes into the contest.  Augustana’s lone bucket during the stretch came from sophomore Natalie Runge (St. Dominic HS, O’Fallon, Mo.).

Freshman Dori Gills (Holy Family HS, Boulder, Colo.) converted a lay-up and freshman Kristin Warnken (Centaurus HS, Erie, Colo.) nailed a three point field goal as Augustana closed within 13-7 at the 14:09 mark of the opening half.  Another three point shot from sophomore Abbi Staples (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.) cut the deficit to 15-10 at the 12:43 mark, but that was as close as the Vikings would get the rest of the way.

The Lady Reds tallied the next 10 points to take a commanding 25-10 lead on the way to a 28-14 halftime advantage.  Neither team shot well in the opening stanza with Augustana shooting 29.4 percent (5-17) and Carthage connecting on 35.7 percent (10-28) of its shots.

Junior Dawn Kernich (Mt. Olive HS, Mt. Olive, Ill.) hit a jumper for the first points of the second half, but Carthage scored 15 straight to put the game out of reach.  Augustana’s shooting improved to 36.8 percent (7-19), but the Lady Reds scorched the nets at an 85.7 percent (18-21) clip and earned the conference win.

Runge, Kernich, and junior Alyssa Neitzel (Providence Catholic HS, Shorewood, Ill.) each finished with six points for Augustana.  Sophomore Lani Kasten (German Valley HS, Forreston, Ill.) added four points and a team high five rebounds.

Dani Ripkey led four Lady Reds in double figures with 15 points.  Rosie Dorn snared seven rebounds as Carthage edged the Vikings 25-22 on the glass.
Story written by Assistant Sports Information Director Adam Strand