ST. JOSEPH — Betsey Daly just seems to thrive from behind the 3-point line at Claire Lynch Hall.
The St. Olaf junior forward hit several 3-pointers last season, including two big ones in overtime, to help her team top the College of St. Benedict. And she did it again Saturday, finishing with a game-best 17 points — including a 3-pointer to tie the score with 1:33 to play.
And from there, the Oles pulled away to win 50-47.
“That brought back a lot of bad memories actually,” said Blazers junior Annie Dittberner, who finished with 13 points to lead her team. “I think she shot it from almost the same spot she hit from last year.
“We just have to do a better job of recognizing when those kinds of shooters are on the floor.”
It was a game in which neither team shot the ball all that well. The Oles (2-0 MIAC, 6-1 overall) finished 16-for-46 (34.8 percent) from the field. St. Benedict (1-1, 5-2) was 15-for-51 (29.4 percent).
But Blazers coach Mike Durbin said that was partly a credit to the way each team played on the defensive end.
“Every possession today was like gold,” Durbin said. “It was almost like you had to score points anytime you had a chance because they were so hard to come by.
“I was happy with the way we executed our offense. I just thought we didn’t finish very well. But we played really good defense. Anytime you hold a team to 50 points, you give yourself a chance to win.”
Junior Alison Newton finished with seven points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Niki Fokken finished with seven points and five rebounds.
“We did some good things, but we weren’t able to capitalize on the chances to make big plays when we had them,” Dittberner said. “They did that. So it was a tough loss. But we just have to learn from it and move on.”