Northfield, Minn. – Megan Vig (Fy./Northfield, Minn.) scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds as No. 5 Carleton opened the second half with a 26-6 run to race past St. Olaf, 78-51.
Karissa Kramer (Sr./Clearwater, Minn./Monticello) added 12 points and five rebounds and Linnea Engel (Jr./Shoreview, Minn./Mounds View) chipped in with nine points, six rebounds and three steals. Angie Grabowski (Sr./Plymouth, Minn./Maple Grove) added nine points for Carleton (18-0, 15-0 MIAC).
Christine Schwichtenberg paced St. Olaf (4-13, 4-11 MIAC) with 15 points.
The Oles scored the first eight points of the game and trailed only 33-30 at the half. The Knights held the Oles to only 11 points in the first 10:46 of the second half, building their lead to 62-38 at that points. The Knights shot 55 percent in the second half for their 18th straight victory and seventh straight over St. Olaf.
The Oles came out of the gates firing, as a Sara Erickson three and Kelly Sweeney jumper staked the visitors to an early 8-0 lead. Carleton clawed their way back, taking their first lead on a Kristi Colbenson (So./Rushford, Minn./Rushford-Peterson) lay-up with 8:53 remaining in the first half. The Oles till hung around, momentarily regaining the lead on a Kristy Larson jumper at 27-26 and again on an Erickson free throw at 28-27. The Knights scored six of the final eight of the half, however, leading 33-30 at the break.
The second half was all Knights as they quickly extended the lead to 41-30, capped by a Vig steal and transition bucket by Kramer. After the Oles pulled within seven at 43-36, the Knights outscored the visitors 19-2 to take command of the game. Head coach Tammy Metcalf-Filzen emptied her bench for the final five minutes, as 13 of Carleton’s 15 players scored.
Carleton shot 46.7 percent for the game and held the Oles to 35.4 percent. The Knights held a slim 42-41 edge on the glass but a solid 23-15 advantage in second-chance points. Carleton forced 23 Oles turnovers, converting them into 30 points. The Knights also held a sizable 19-2 margin in points from the free throw line.
Carleton hits the road next, travelling to Macalester College on Monday, Feb. 3 for a 7:30 p.m. contest.