SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Augustana women’s basketball team opens a four-game road trip Friday, taking on Winona State at 5:30 p.m. They travel to Mankato on Saturday, taking on No. 17 Minnesota State at 3:30 p.m.
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ABOUT THE WARRIORS
Winona State is 6-16 overall and 5-12 in the NSIC after defeating Sioux Falls and losing to SMSU last weekend. The Warriors are 2-6 at home on the year and 1-6 at home in NSIC action. The Warriors were selected to finish 12th in the NSIC Preseason Poll.
Olivia Gamoke leads the team with 9.8 points and 1.4 assists per game. Alex Dornfeld is scoring 8.7 points and grabbing a team-best 7.3 rebounds per game.
ABOUT THE MAVERICKS
The No. 17-ranked Minnesota State Mavericks are one of the hottest teams in the country, coming in as winners of 17 straight games and are 19-4 overall and 16-1 in the NSIC. They went on the road and defeated SMSU and Sioux Falls last weekend. The Mavericks were selected to win the NSIC in the preseason poll.
Natalie Bremer leads the team with 14.9 points and 2.4 steals per game. Destinee Bursch follows with 14.5 points per game, and Joey Batt leads a swarming defense with 3.6 steals per game and adds 14.2 points per game.
The Vikings have a trio that is inching their was towards the top of the program record books. Jennifer Aadland currently holds the program record for career free throw percentage at 86.1 percent. She also has 105 career blocks, one away from 10th in program history. Kenzie Rensch has been a thief in her time with AU, racking up 213 career steals, and is four steals away from 10th on the all-time steals list. Lauren Sees is seventh on the all-time scoring list with 1,551 points and in career starts with 102. She is one of four players in program history to score at least 1,500 points and start at least 100 games.
SEES THE MOMENT
In her final season, Lauren Sees continues to climb the ranks in Augustana history. The fifth year guard from Avon, S.D., is second on the team with 14.2 points per game and leads the team with 2.7 assists per game. After reaching the 1,000 career point milestone in the middle of last season, Sees has continued to climb up the Augustana rankings. She has now scored 1,551 points in her career, good for seventh in program history. That number is also good for 23rd among active career leaders in all of DII and is 19th with 570 made field goals.
POURING IT IN
Michaela Jewett sits at No. 7 in the NSIC with 15.0 points per game while Lauren Sees ranks tied for 10th with 14.2 points per game. The 29.2 combined points per game is the fourth most by a duo in the NSIC. They are also one of two sets of teammates to rank in the top 10 of the NSIC. Jewett has gotten it done from deep, ranking second in the NSIC with a 37.0 3-point percentage while ranking third with 2.20 3-pointers per game.
CLEANING THE GLASS
The Vikings have earned key contributions from Jennifer Aadland, Michaela Jewett, and Aby Phipps in their efforts on the boards this season. Aadland ranks third in the NSIC in total rebounds (156), rebounds per game (7.8), and defensive rebounds per game (6.2). Jewett ranks sixth in defensive rebounds per game (5.8) and seventh in rebounds per game (6.8), while Phipps finds herself sixth among conference challengers in offensive rebounds (2.2). The Vikings are one of two teams in the NSIC to have a player in the top six for both offensive and defensive rebounds per game.
A common theme among the 2023-24 Vikings is their protection of offensive possessions. Augustana ranks 26th in the nation and first in the NSIC in fewest turnovers per game, coughing it up just 13.6 times per game. Two major reasons why are Kenzie Rensch and CJ Adamson. Rensch is third in the NSIC with a 2.12 assists/turnover ratio, while Adamson is sixth with 1.75 assists/turnover.
BRILLIANCE BEYOND THE ARC
The Vikings have made at least one three pointer in every single game since the 1999-2000 season, totaling 732 consecutive games with a make. In the same time frame, Augustana has made at least 10 three pointers in 176 games, including twice this season.
After seeing a jump in her role last season, Michaela Jewett has cemented herself as one of the NSIC’s best. She leads the team with 15.5 points per game and 44 made 3-pointers. She also ranks second on the team with 6.8 rebounds per game.
THE AADLAND EFFECT
Jennifer Aadland has been one of the most efficient shooters in the NSIC while causing havoc in the paint. She has shot 39.8 percent from the field, 34.0 percent from three, and 86.1 percent from the free throw line. She also leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game, 1.4 blocks per game, and five double-doubles while scoring 10.5 points per game.
In 18 NSIC conference games, Michaela Jewett and Lauren Sees have played at an extremely high level. Jewett is averaging 14.4 points per game, 10th in the conference, while Sees slots in at 11th scoring 14.3 points per game. Jennifer Aadland has grabbed 7.5 rebounds per game, good for fifth, and Michaela Jewett is tied for ninth with 6.7 rebounds per game. Jewett is also third in the NSIC in both 3-point field goals (33) and 3-point field goals per game (2.1)
Augustana head coach Jillian Flores Bennett has added three future Vikings as part of the 2024 signing class. On National Signing Day, Olivia Kesti of Blaine, Minn., and Avery Yosten of Norfolk, Neb., signed their National Letter of Intent. Earlier this month, the class added Isabella Sanneh of Woodbury, Minn.
GOING WITH THE FLO
First-year head coach, Jillian Flores Bennett, earned her first victory in the Elmen Center on Nov. 21 in a 73-56 win over Sioux Falls. Coach Flo is 25-23 as a head coach at a four-year institution after spending 2021-22 with Our Lady of the Lake, where she went 20-11. She spent last season with Iowa Western, where she accumulated a 26-5 record and region championship appearance.
Michaela Jewett and Lauren Sees were named to the NSIC Shining Five for games played Dec. 19-Jan 2. Jewett averaged 17.5 points per game in a pair of games, fourth best in the conference, and added an NSIC-best six three pointers and 9.5 rebounds per game. Her performances were highlighted by a 17 point, 13 rebound double-double against Northwestern (Iowa). Sees tied for the NSIC lead with 22.0 points per game while knocking down 12 of 27 from the field, 5 of 9 from three-point range, and 15 of 16 from the free-throw line. Against Northwest Missouri State, she scored 24 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, on 8 of 13 shooting, 2 of 3 from deep, and 6 of 6 from the free throw line.