It was an explosive home opener for the Wartburg women’s basketball team Tuesday night as the Knights beat Grinnell, 91-53.
It’s the second dominating win in the early season after Wartburg (2-0) beat Monmouth 76-55, Saturday.
Wartburg is being helped by quite an impressive freshman class.
Five freshmen accounted for 42 of the 91 points in the game. Two of those freshmen hit double digits, with Miranda Murphy putting up 16 points, and going perfect on her eight free throws.
Katie Sommer had 10 points, with eight of those coming from the free throw line. Sommer also earned a starting position as the point guard.
Katie Sommer isn’t the only Sommer on the court for the Knights. Her twin, Kirstie Sommer, also had a great game hitting, 66 percent from the floor and 100 percent from behind the three point line for a total of eight points.
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The freshmen are thriving off of senior leadership, head coach Bob Amsberry said.
“We’re really excited about our young kids,” Amsberry said. “There’s a learning curve, even though they’re really, really talented there’s a big learning curve and our senior class has done a really good job in bringing those kids along, but there’s no question that they’re talented.”
Junior Kailey Kladivo was 10-for-14 from the floor to give her a game-high 20 points.
Bobbie Burrows showed off her three-point skills, nailing three of her four three-point attempts, and putting up a total of 14 points in the game.
Holly Halstead worked hard on defense, coming up with a team high of three steals in the game.
Offensively, the team as a whole hit 60 percent from inside the three-point line, and 50 percent from outside the line. The team only missed four free throws out of their 29 attempts.
On defense, the Knights kept Grinnell to just 27. 3 percent shooting.
One noticeable strength of the Knights is the depth in the lineup. Fourteen players saw the court and 11 played more than 10 minutes.
“I’m excited because I can roll 12, 13, 14 girls out there that are good enough to play at this level,” Amsberry said.