Cardinals overcome struggles from line to beat Macalester, 54-46
The Cardinals were a dismal 9-for-24 from the charity stripe, but still found a way to pick up MIAC win No. 1, as Jessica Weisbrod (Rollingstone, Minn.) netted a game-high 16 points and missed her first double-double of the season by one rebound in guiding SMU to a 54-46 win over Macalester at the SMU Gym.
"It was a little nerve-wracking, I have to admit that," said SMU coach Shawn Stimmel. "We let Macalester stay in the game because we couldn't make our free throws. Fortunately, we made enough plays down the stretch to be able to come away with the win."
The first of two wins Stimmel is hoping his Cardinals can pull off before the Christmas break.
"Our goal going into the break is to be 2-2 in the MIAC and this win gets us halfway there," said Stimmel, whose team will go for No. 2 on Wednesday, when the Cardinals travel to Hamline. "This was a big win for us. We needed to gain a little momentum after dropping those two games (to St. Thomas and Saint Benedict) last week.
"I think we dodged a bit of a bullet, though you can't shoot 37 percent from the free throw line and expect to win too many games."
Fortunately for the Cardinals, the Scots weren't much better, as Macalester hit just 14 of 25 from the free-throw line.
"The big thing in a game like this is that we got the job done we did what we had to do," said Stimmel, who, along with Weisbrod's 16 points,, also got 10 points from Kelly Tanke (La Crosse, Wis.). "It might not have been our prettiest performance, but it was a win just the same.,
"And as tough as this conference is, every win is a good win."