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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana battled through another tough shooting night, but Alex Feeney and Faith Tinklenberg’s clutch play carried the Vikings to a 60-57 victory over St. Cloud State.  Augustana improves to 16-4 on the season, 12-4 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play, which ties them for second. The Huskies drop their second game of the road trip to fall to 14-6 overall, 10-6 in the NSIC.
 
Feeney hit a jump shot just before the buzzer sounded on the shot clock and gave Augustana a 52-50 lead they would not relinquish.  Tinklenberg followed with a layup and Emily Schulte hit two free throws to give the Vikings a six-point cushion. 
 
The Huskies clawed back behind Lexy Petermann’s jumper and three-pointer, but Feeney kept the Vikings’ lead intact with another jumper.  Jessica Benson made it a one-point game, 58-57, but Tinklenberg iced the game with a pair of free throws after being fouled on her way to the basket. 
 
The Viking defense caused St. Cloud State to take a timeout with 6.8 seconds remaining in the game. Sam Price, who already had 16 points in the game launched a three-pointer, but Schulte corralled the miss and the Vikings walked away victorious. 
 
Feeney ended with a game-high 18 points but finished the night just 8-20 from the field, including 0-5 from three. She did hit three of her last four to carry the Vikings in their stretch run.  Augustana did shoot just 32.8 percent on the night.
 
To begin the game, neither team held a lead larger than three points in the first half, and the score was tied four times before the media time out.
 
Feeney scored Augustana’s first four points on a pair of jumpers but St. Cloud State was with the Vikings every step of the way.  The Huskies gained a lead with six points in the paint.
 
Cami Koehn’s three that seemed to hang on the rim for an eternity tied the game at 11-11.  Each team traded baskets after Rachel Moen’s free throws then Augustana reeled off six straight points to hold the first lead larger than three points, 22-18.
 
The rest of the half swung in favor of the Huskie as they used a 15-4 run to create their own gap and held a 33-26 lead with three seconds remaining in the half.  A missed SCSU shot gave the Vikings one shot and Shaunteva Ashley was fouled shooting from half court and hit two of the three free throws to cut the halftime deficit to 33-28 in favor of St. Cloud State.
 
Augustana shot just 30.6 percent from the field and connected on just three of their 14 three-point attempts (21.4 percent).  Feeney notched 10 points by halftime, but took 11 shots.  The Huskies shot 40 percent from the field and hit three of their seven three-point attempts.
 
To open the half, the Vikings came away with two misses while St. Cloud State capitalized with two buckets of their own and led 37-28.  Sam Price hit two free throws after Tinklenberg and Ashley hit layups.  Augustana then ripped off seven straight points capped off by an Emily Schulte three-pointer off an offensive rebound and the score was tied 39-39.
 
Sam Price gave the Huskies a lead with her three-point field goal from the corner and a pair of SCSU free throws created a five point lead for St. Cloud State.  Tinklenberg cut the game to three and Schulte tied it up with a three.  Tinklenberg then gave the Vikings a brief lead with a hard fought second chance offensive rebound and layup.
 
St. Cloud quickly answered on their end of the floor before Feeney and Petermann each hit jumpers to tie the score 50-50 with 5:11 remaining in the game.
 
The Vikings now kick off a four-game road swing beginning at Minnesota State Moorhead and Northern State on Feb. 8-9.

-Courtesy Augustana Athletics
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