Augie women knock off No. 1 Clayton State, advance to Final Four

Despite turning the ball over a season-high 32 times in their NCAA Division II Elite Eight game game against Clayton State (Ga.), the Augustana College (S.D.) women’s basketball team advanced to the national semifinal with an 81-68 win on Tuesday in San Antonio.

The Vikings built a 24-point lead in the game to hold off top-ranked and previously unbeaten Clayton State for the win. Augustana shot a shade under 53 percent from the field, despite facing a relentless full-court press from the Lakers.

Five Vikings broke double figures scoring, each draining at least one 3-pointer in the win. As a team, Augustana shot 58.8 percent from 3-point range. Shaunteva Ashley led the Vikings with 17 points, while Emily Schulte hit three 3s on her way to 11 points.

Faith Tinklenberg put up 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Vikings, who face Dowling (N.Y.) tonight with a trip to the national championship game on the line.

Canby alumnus Riley Nordgaard, a freshman for the Vikings, hauled in two rebounds and recorded a block in just over three minutes of action, while Murray County Central graduate Emily Bose played one minute for Augustana.

Augustana (28-6 overall) and Dowling (29-3) are scheduled to tip off from San Antonio’s Bill Greehy Arena at 6 p.m. tonight.