SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KWSN) – No. 10 Augustana overcame a slow start en route to a 86-68 win over Midland in non-conference play on Saturday. The Vikings improved their record to 4-1 with the victory.Riley Nordgaard and Sophie Kenney teamed up to have career nights for Augustana. Nordgaard finished with a career-high 20 points on five-of-12 shooting, and getting to the line an impressive 12 times. Kenney put together what was argueably her best game as a Viking, scoring eight points, grabbing eight rebounds, and dishing out seven assists – all career highs. The Vikings had some issues early finding their shot, going 4 of 14 (28.6%) from the field to start the game. The Warriors would use an 11-5 run midway through the first to take a 14-12 lead with about 11 minutes remaining in the half. Augustana would respond in kind, putting together its own 8-0 run after a Katie Meister putback jumper to take a 20-14 lead. Nordgaard would score seven of her 14 first half points in a two-minute stretch in the back end of the first half. The Canby, Minn. native also would contribute on the glass, grabbing six rebounds. The Warriors would continue to hang around in this contest with the help of Jamilah Johnson. The junior would use her speed and find ways into the paint, scoring 12 of her game-high 27 points in the first half. Despite the rough-shooting start, The Vikings would find their grove, going 12 for 21 for the rest of the half. Augustana would take a 42-34 lead into the break.Rhianna Gullickson would also join Nordgaard in the first half with double-digit points. Gullickson had 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the first 20 minutes. The second half opened up with Midland continuing to fight to remain in the game. Johnson would continue to give the Vikings trouble, scoring six of the Warriors first 10 points. Augustana would finally seize control of the game on a Gullickson layup at the 14:14 mark in the half. The layup would spark a 17-7 run by the Vikings, putting them up with 68-51 in the game with a little over nine minutes remaining. Augustana would not let the lead slip below double digits for the remainder of the game, winning 86-68. The versatile Kenney would do her most damage in the second half, recording six points, five rebounds, and five assists.Turning point Second half: at the 14:14 mark on a made Gullickson layup, triggering a 17-7 run for the Vikings that put this one out reach at 68-51 with just over nine minutes remaining.Numbers game• Meister's 15 points was the second time - and second-straight game - in her career of double-digit points in a game• Kenney recorded career highs in points (8), rebounds (8), and assists (7).• Gullickson's 14 points were one off her season/career-high of 15.• Augustana's 21 assists mark the second time this season they have had more than 20 assists in a game, both wins.• Augustana's 42 points in the paint are a new season high.• Nordgaard's 20 points are the first time she has had scored 20-or-more points in a collegiate game.• Emily Schulte's four three pointers tied a career high.Up next The Vikings return to Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play this upcoming weekend, taking to the road to face Southwest Minnesota State on Friday, and then rival Sioux Falls on Saturday.
Courtesy: Augustana College