NORTHFIELD, Minn -- Despite a game-high 19 points from Michele Arima (So./Valencia, Calif./West Ranch), a combination of an up-tempo offense for No. 17 Saint Mary’s University and costly turnovers proved too much for the Carleton College women’s basketball team to handle as it suffered a 56-40 setback at home.
“I was very pleased with our defense tonight, especially in the first half,” said Carleton head coach Cassie Kosiba after the game, “The Cardinals are a high-powered offense, and we managed to hold them well below their average.”
The Knights (5-15, 3-14 MIAC) kept things tight in the first half, limiting Saint Mary’s (19-1, 16-1 MIAC) to a 34-percent shooting, well below their season average of 44 percent. A trio of long-range conversions from Arima helped Carleton stay close to the Cardinals, who ended the half with a 26-20 lead.
In the second period, however, Carleton struggled to keep pace. Saint Mary’s opened the half on a 19-1 run spanning the first nine minutes of play and controlled a double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest.
The Cardinals scored 21 points off an equal number of Carleton turnovers. The visitors also converted 13 second-chance points, stemming from a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds.
In addition to Arima’s game-high 19 points, Carleton also received a 10-point effort from Jenny Ramey (Sr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy).
Sara Schoenthaler lead the way for the Cardinals, scoring a team-high 14 points, including a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc.
“We had some uncharacteristic turnovers, which Saint Mary's was able to capitalize on,” said Kosiba. “Due to injuries, our players are being asked to fill different roles, and it takes time for individuals to figure out where their shots will be. Progress is being made, and we will continue to work moving forward.”
The Knights return to action on Saturday, Feb. 8 for a 1 p.m. game against Gustavus Adolphus College as part of a doubleheader with the men’s squad. Video and live stats will be available via Knights Online.