COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Skylar Tsutsui (Jr./Northridge, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) poured in a career-best 29 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Carleton College women’s basketball team lost for the first time this season, falling 105-84 to Catholic University at the Colorado College Thanksgiving Classic.
“It was a good trip to start the season,” said Carleton head coach Cassie Kosiba. “While we would have liked to get both games, I am pleased with the effort by all.
"As a team we are focused on playing together and in the moment. We seek to improve a little each day and did that this weekend."
Tsutsui drained a pair of free throws on Carleton’s first possession giving the Knights (1-1) the early lead. Catholic (3-3) answered with an 8-0 spurt and did not trail the rest of the contest.
Carleton trimmed the deficit to single digits on three occasions during the second half, but the Cardinals shot 57 percent for the game compared to 36 percent for Carleton, making any comeback doubtful.
Gabbi Stienstra (So./St. Paul, Minn./Minnehaha) and Jenny Ramey (Sr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) also reached double figures for the Knights, finishing with 16 and 14 points, respectively.
The Cardinals had seven players achieve double figures in scoring, led by 17 points apiece from Melissa Errico and Brigid Gannon. Emily Grabiak notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists.
Tonight’s scoring output comes on the heels of Friday’s 85-62 victory over Colorado College, marking the Knights’ highest combined two-game point total since accumulating 170 points in wins over St. Olaf (78-64) and Concordia (92-65) On Dec. 11 and 14, 2002.
Carleton opens MIAC play on Tuesday, Dec. 3 when the Knights make the short trek across town for a women’s-men’s doubleheader at rival St. Olaf College. Tipoff for the women’s game is 5:45 p.m., with the men slated to begin at 7:45 p.m. Live audio of both games can be heard on KDHL 920 AM in the Northfield/Faribault area as well as via Knights Online.