ST. PAUL, Minn. -- It was a big week for both the Carleton women's basketball team and star forward Akemi Arzouman (Irvine, Calif./University), as the Knights opened the MIAC season with a pair of conference victories, and the junior surpassed the prestigious 1,000-point milestone. Arzouman led her team to wins over St. Catherine and Bethel by averaging 15 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game while shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor last week. For her performance and milestone, Arzouman was named the first MIAC Women's Basketball Athlete-of-the-Week of the 2012-13 season.
The Knights and Arzouman opened MIAC play with a 75-62 road win at SCU Wednesday, with the forward contributing 17 points, four rebounds and one steal while shooting better than 66 percent from the floor (6-for-9). Her big game featured seven points in the final seven minutes to help her team seal the victory. Arzouman added 13 points, five boards and a steal in Saturday’s 60-57 home win over Bethel, in which she became the 12th member of Carleton’s 1,000-point club. The two-time All-MIAC selection is grabbing 6.0 rebounds per contest and ranks fourth in the league with an average of 15.0 points per game during conference contests.
The Knights are among the teams on top of the MIAC standings at 2-0 following one week of play, tied with Concordia, Gustavus, Saint Mary's and St. Thomas in a crowded tie for first place. Carleton—now 2-2 overall—already matched its conference win total from a year ago, and hopes to keep its MIAC success going this week with a Monday night game on the road at Saint Benedict, and a Saturday home game against Gustavus on the schedule. Monday's game tips at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday's contest set to start at 3 p.m.