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Bethel WBB reigns in second win of the season


The Royals battled against rival Augsburg and won 58-52.

By Hannah Hunhoff and Talia Egge

With 9:25 minutes left of the 4th quarter, guard Anna Garfield threw the ball to forward Emma Schultz. She waved the ball in the air trying to figure out her next move as Augsburg player Anja Smith defended her – eyes focused on the ball and arms stretched out wide. 

“Ten, nine, eight,” Shultz’s teammates yell from the sidelines.

Garfield moved in front of Augsburg player Jaley Coplin, making herself open. Schultz made a quick, aggressive pass. Garfield caught the ball and weaved through Smith and Katie Manecke. 

Bethel University’s Olivia Williams #10 shoots a 3-pointer from the right side of the court during the fourth quarter. | Photo by Talia Egge.

“Seven, six, five…” 

Once she passed them, she leapt up towards the net stretching her arms as long as possible. The ball left her fingertips. She scored. 

The Royal coaches and line-up of players sprang from their seats – yelling and clapping. The Royals high-fived one another. Bethel had a 10-point lead at 43-33 and held out to win 58-52 Nov. 22 at the Robertson Center.

“Our goal was to get [Schultz] the ball, but she only got 13 shot attempts. It shows how good their defense was,” Royals coach Jon Herbrechtsmeyer said.

Following the Bethel Royals’ 63-56 win over University Wisconsin-Eau Claire last week, the team tried to carry the same energy in their game against Augsburg Tuesday. Herbrechtsmeyer said Augsburg is known for their physical and aggressive style and were the reigning conference champions. Garfield poured in 13 points, Schultz secured 11 and guard Colette Duinick scored 7 points to lead the Royals.

Fans Esther Nelson and Sadie Raitz watch the Bethel women’s basketball game against Augsburg College, cheering on their friend and a top player, Anna Garfield. Garfield was one of the top scorers at the Tuesday night game, reigning in 11 total points for the team | Photo by Hannah Hunhoff

“[Our goal for the next game is to] build off of what we did. We struggled with turning it over and building overall – offensively and toughness,” Sophomore guard Courtney Nuest said.

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