ST. PAUL, Minn. – In the last game before the winter break, Macalester women’s basketball traveled to Bethel for another MIAC matchup. Despite the Scots’ best efforts, they fell to the Royals 66-38. Macalester ends 2022 with a record of 2-7 (1-5 MIAC).
The Royals got off to an early 8-2 lead, before senior forward Emma LaFrenz (Edina, Minn./Edina) completed an and-one to cut the lead down to three. Sophomore guard/forward Peyton Starks (St. Louis, Mo./John Burroughs School) scored the remaining four points of the quarter for Macalester, but trailed 20-11 at the end of 10 minutes. In the second, Macalester cut the Royals’ lead down to 11 twice, once with a layup by Starks, and again with an and-one completed by sophomore guard Nicole Norton (Brussels, Wis./Southern Door), making the score 27-16 with 6:14 on the clock. Bethel took its largest lead of the game 36-20, heading into halftime.
The Royals were able to stifle the Scots in the third to handful of points from senior guard Solana Cushing (Minneapolis, Minn./South), sophomore guard/forward Katherine Norquist (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton College Prep), and Norton. In the fourth, junior guard Andrea Palmen (Kenosha, Wis./The Prairie School) stepped up and knocked down a three to start Macalester’s 5-0 run. Starks completed another team and-one with 2:45 on the clock. Cushing put up another Macalester three-pointer and LaFrenz sank two free throws at the end, but the Royals came out on top, 66-38.
LaFrenz was a huge factor for Macalester today, totaling 23 rebounds. She registered 11 offensive and…