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The Clinton Herald
---- — MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Ashford University women’s basketball team hit the road for the first time Wednesday night and returned home with a 52-35 loss against 15th-ranked Cardinal Stritch University.
Facing off against their third consecutive ranked opponents, the Saints struggled offensively, managing only 40 field goal attempts. Sophomore Elizabeth Nardi led Ashford with eight points while senior guard Jennifer Forge pulled down 10 rebounds, but the Saints suffered their third consecutive loss to open the year.
Julie Raeder poured in a game-high 19 points and Michelle Piepenberg added 10 points and 11 boards to help the Wolves improve to 2-0.
Nardi put the Saints out in front in the early going, connecting on a pair of buckets to open the game’s scoring. Forge connected on a jumper in the lane a few minutes later to give Ashford an 8-6 lead at the 13:38 mark.
But it was the last lead the Saints held, as CSU took the lead for good a minute later on a layup by Mika Passini. Ashford cut the lead to a pair at the 8:22 mark when Madison Wagner connected on a long 3-pointer, but the Wolves extended their lead to 29-21 at the break.
The Wolves continued to stretch their lead in the second half, holding the Saints to 14 points on 27.3 percent (6-for-22) shooting in the period en route. Ashford finished the game connecting on 35 percent (14-for-40) of its shots but struggled from behind the arc, shooting 15.4 percent (2-for-13) on the night.
CSU knocked down 43.8 percent (21-for-48) of its shots, including a 26.7 percent mark (4-for-15) from long distance. The Wolves held a 31-26 advantage in rebounds and forced 26 of the game’s 46 turnovers.
The Saints will look to get in the win column at 1 p.m. Saturday when they welcome the Eagles of Judson University to Kehl Arena.