After Emily Schulte shot a big 3-pointer in the first half of last Friday’s game, an elderly fan expressed his congrats with a fist-bump when she came out to grab a drink of water.
Schulte, a junior guard for Augustana women’s basketball, went on to match her career-high of 19 points against the University of Sioux Falls and helped lead the team to a 83-58 win.
The Vikings shot 56 percent from the field at the Stewart Center, while hitting 10 3-pointers against the Cougars.
Senior guard Cami Koehn was the women’s second top scorer with 16 points with five of seven from the free throw line.
The Augieholics, along with fans and alumni, poured into the small gym throughout the game to help cheer on the women as they gained another point for Augustana in the Mayor’s Cup Challenge, and the win helped them hold steady at No. 23 in the USA Today Sports Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Augie women are one of three NSIC teams ranked in the poll, with Minnesota State at No. 21 and Concordia-St. Paul at No. 24.
On Saturday, the women hit a season-high 16 3-pointers, setting a record for the most in a game by a women’s team at R/A Facility in Marshall, Minn., cruising to a 92-60 victory over Southwest Minnesota State.
The Vikings, now 19-5, 15-5 NSIC, had five players in double-figures, led by junior guard Shaunteva Ashley with 16 points.
Senior forward Alex Feeney added 15 points while junior center Andrea Whitney had 13 points and led the team for rebounds, with six.
Koehn matched her career-high for 3-pointers and senior forward Lydia Nelson helped the Vikings with 10 points and five rebounds.
The women will host Upper Iowa at 6 p.m. Friday night and Winona State at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Elmen Center to close out their regular season.
On the men’s side, the USF Cougars took a 70-58 win over Augustana in Friday night’s game at the Stewart Center.
USF took an early lead over the Vikings, hitting seven 3-pointers in the first half.
Augie showed a strong effort after halftime, helped by a 3-pointer from sophomore forward Alex Richter and two from freshman guard Tanner Odegaard, making the Augieholics and Augie Alumni go crazy in the bleachers.
Campus safety from both USF and Augie were near to ensure nothing got out of hand.
USF maintained their lead as the Augie men left points on the court, missing all seven free throw chances in the second half.
Senior guard Cameron McCaffrey finished with 19 points and Richter had 10 points during the game.
At SMSU on Saturday, the Augustana men were back on track, winning 92-82 and shooting a season-high 59 percent from the field. McCaffrey led the team with 28 points, officially moving him into third on Augustana’s all-time scoring list with 1,797 career points.
Freshman forward Casey Schilling, returning from missing 10 games due to a hand injury, scored a season-high 17 points; while Richter had 14 and freshman forward Daniel Jansen added 12.
Augustana, now 18-6, 14-6 NSIC, will play their final regular season games this weekend, hosting Upper Iowa at 8 p.m. Friday night and Winona State at 6 p.m. on Saturday, also at the elmen center.