NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Akemi Arzouman (Jr./Irvine, Calif./University) went 8-for-11 from the field and tallied a game-high 21 points, but the Carleton College women’s basketball team was unable to complete its upset bid against rival St. Olaf College. The Knights were unable to wrest control of the President’s Cup, falling 65-60.
Carleton (2-14, 1-12 MIAC) shot 49 percent as a team but was hampered by 24 turnovers. The Oles (12-4, 9-4 MIAC) made just 35 percent of their field-goal attempts, yet came out on top, thanks in part to a 14-4 advantage on the offensive boards.
The score was tied 19-19 midway through the first half, when St. Olaf looked to pull away with a 14-1 run lasting six minutes. The Knights refused to go away and benefitted from a fast break three-pointer by Skylar Tsutsui (Fy./Northridge, Calif./Harvard Westlake School) and an Arzouman layup to pull within 35-29 at the break.
Carleton continued to chip away at the deficit and used a 13-2 spurt to build its largest lead of the contest, 48-41, with 8:52 remaining in the contest. Arzouman scored eight straight points for the Knights during that stretch.
The visitors responded and the lead exchanged hands over the next seven minutes before Tsutsui connected on a three-pointer to give Carleton a 57-56 lead with 2:02 still to play, but it was all St. Olaf down the stretch as the Oles scored the next eight ponts en route to their fourth straight win in the series.
Tsutsui finished with 13 points, and Jenny Ramey (So./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) added 11 for Carleton.
Mackenzie Wolter scored 17 points to lead St. Olaf.
Carleton travels to Gustavus Adolphus College next Wednesday, Jan. 25 for a 7:30 tipoff. The game can be heard on KDHL 920AM in the Northfield/Faribault area and worldwide via Knights Online.