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Vikings Hit 15 Threes In 108-46 Win Over Saints

Sydney Rome, Augustana Vikings vs Presentation Saints
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SIOUX FALLS, SD — No. 11 Augustana put on quite a show Thursday night in the Elmen Center, winning 108–46 over Presentation.  The Vikings improved to 3-0 with the win, while the Saints remained 2-5 on the year, as a result of this being an exhibition game for them.

Senior Emily Schulte continues her great start to the season, leading the way with 14 points, eight assists – tying a career high – and four steals in the win.

Augustana came right out the gate stroking, making six of their first eight shots – three of three from behind the arc – taking a 15-3 lead within the first three minutes of the game.

It was clear from the tip that the Saints were outmatched, as the pace and defense in which the Vikings played was just too much for Presentation.  Augustana forced 18 turnovers in the half, and got 17 fast-break points as a result.

The veteran backcourt of Shaunteva Ashley and Schulte struck early and often, combining for 11 of the team’s first 17 points, including hitting three of their first four three-point shots.  The duo also made the most of Augustana’s hot start, combining for five assists.

Ashley would find her shooting touch in this game, finishing with a season-high 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor.  The junior guard also dished out five assists on the night.

The Vikings put the game out of reach with a 21-0 run over four minutes late in the first half, taking a 52-19 lead into halftime.

Rhianna Gullickson chipped in with eight points in the first 20 minutes on four-of-four shooting.

The second half saw much of the same, as Augustana’s defense just continued to swarm the Saints, causing  Presentation to only shoot 28.1% for the game (16 for 57).

Augustana’s Sydney Rome really found her rhythm from deep, with the freshman sniper displaying her near-perfect shooting form from downtown, connecting on four three-pointers in a span of three minutes.

Rome finished with a career-high 20 points on the evening, which included making six of her nine three pointers for the Vikings in a 108-46 win.

What may have been the most impressive feat for Augustana was that it had a season-high 27 assists in the win on 37 made shots.  The Vikings simply just moved the ball where they wanted to, and found open shooters that knocked down shots tonight.

The Vikings 108 points was the first time it has accomplished the feat since William Penn back on Nov. 15, 2010.

For Augustana, it had five players get into double digits on the evening.

Freshman Alex Kneeland turned in a career-high 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

Allie Sievert had a career-high 11 rebounds for the Vikings.

Augustana’s 15 three’s made were a season high, but came five short of tying the school record.

Up next for the Vikings is Wayne State on Monday.  This will be the Northern Sun Intercollegate Conference opener for both teams.  Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Courtesy:  Augustana College

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