SAINT MARY'S AT ST. BENEDICT / MONDAY, JAN. 22, 2007 / ST. JOSEPH, MN / 7:45 P.M.

Saint Mary's Cardinals
2-9 MIAC / 4-10 Overall
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Saint Benedict Blazers
11-1 MIAC / 12-3 Overall
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#22: K. Tanke
G
#12: M. O'Neil
#14: A. Saufferer
G
#23: N. Carter
#30: D. Benham
F
#43: A. Tauer
#42: J. Weisbrod
F
#42: E. Boone
#52: D. Dehning
P/F
#43: D. Noreen



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Blazer Notes
The Blazers enter today's game winners of three straight and a perfect 6-0 on their home floor. … First-year wing Mindy Schmidt has led the team in scoring in two of their last three wins. She totaled 20 points against Hamline on Jan. 15 and 15 points vs. Concordia-Moorhead on Jan. 20. The last time the Blazers were led in scoring by a first-year was two years ago when (current junior) Judy Falvey accomplished the feat. …   In the last three contests, the Blazer bench is averaging 30 points per game. They are led by Schmidt, who averaged 14 points over the three game span. …  CSB has been led in scoring by five different players in the last six games. … CSB is 9-0 this season when their scoring leader is a senior, and 11-0 when led by             either a senior or first-year; … The Blazers are ranked third in NCAA Division III in fewest turnovers per game (14.0), 14th in scoring defense, allowing 49.6 points per game, and 16th in three-point field goals made per game (6.7).


Last Action
The Cardinals kicked off the second half of the MIAC schedule in style, holding St. Thomas to just 50 points en route to a 59-50 victory Saturday at the SMU Gym. … The Blazers, meanwhile, improved to 11-1 in the MIAC and 12-3 overall, getting a team-high 15 points from Mindy Schmidt in a 70-55 win over St. Catherine

Last Meeting
The Blazers jumped out to a commanding 48-18 first-half advantage and never looked back in cruising to a 77-54 victory over the Cardinals at the SMU Gym on Dec. 2. Amy Saufferer (Morristown, Minn.) and Alyse Coates (West St. Paul, Minn.) led the Cardinals' offense charge, scoring nine points each, while CSB got a game-high 16 points from Darby Noreen and 11 from Ellie Boone.

Cardinal Notes

Kelly Tanke
Team-leading
22 3-pointers
SMU snapped its two-game losing streak with Saturday's win over St. Thomas. … In two of SMU's last three games, Jessica Weisbrod (Rollingstone, Minn.) has missed a double-double by one — pulling down 10 rebounds and scoring nine points vs. Bethel on Monday, then scoring 14 points and adding nine rebounds vs. St. Thomas. … Weisbrod also scored 10 points vs. Concordia and has now scored in double figures in six of the Cardinals’ last seven games. … Weisbrod is the lone Cardinal averaging in double figures with an 11.2 ppg average. … Kelly Tanke (La Crosse, Wis.) has accounted for more than half of SMU’s 3-pointers, hitting on 24 of the Cardinals' 44 shots from beyond the arc. … … Nicholle Hanson (Owatonna, Minn.) netted a career-best 12 points to lead the Cardinals vs. Concordia. … The Cardinals’ 20-point first half vs. Concordia marked the sixth time this season that they have been held to 20 points or less in a half — including a 14-point effort in last Monday’s 53-42 loss to Bethel. … SMU scored 42 points in back-to-back losses to Bethel and Concordia last week. The 42 points were the third-lowest offensive output of the season, while their 59 points vs. St. Thomas was their second-most — second only to the 73 points they scored vs. Augsburg on Jan. 13. … The Cardinals’ 27 rebounds vs. the Cobbers were a season low. … The Cardinals’ loss at Concordia Wednesday was their fifth straight road loss. SMU has not won a road game since opening the season with a 56-43 win over Willamette at the Bon Appetite Classic in Portland, Ore. … The Cardinals have been held to 56 points or less in all 10 of their losses.