ST. PAUL, Minn. – Two days after matching her career high with a 25-point game, Akemi Arzouman (Jr./Irvine, Calif./University) bettered that figure by three, yet the Carleton College women’s basketball team absorbed an 82-73 loss at Hamline University.
Arzouman was 11-of-22 from the field, including 2-of-3 from long range. She also equaled her season best with nine rebounds.
“While the score may not show it, I thought our defensive intensity was better tonight,” said Carleton head coach Cassie Kosiba. “We made some changes for tonight’s game, and I thought the team found success with it in the first half. Offensively, it wasn't a matter of getting shots but finishing shots, especially in the lane.”
Hamline raced to a 13-3 lead four minutes into the contest and carried a 34-24 advantage into halftime.
Both squads shot below 40 percent in the first period, but after intermission the teams found their touch as each converted at least 56 percent of its attempts over the final stanza.
Skylar Tsutsui (Fy./Northridge, Calif./Harvard Westlake School) tallied 14 points, and her jumper made it a one-possession game at 45-42 with 11:41 remaining in the contest. After Hamline re-extended its lead, Carleton closed within four following an Arzouman bucket with six minutes still on the clock.
The Pipers (4-6, 3-4 MIAC) scored on eight of their next nine possessions and used an 18-7 run to pull away down the stretch as they remain undefeated at home (4-0) this season.
Carleton (1-9, 0-7 MIAC) got its best post production of the season as Rachael Dodd (So./Culver City, Calif./L.A. Center For Enriched Studies) poured in a career-high 12 points and Jessa Youso (Jr./Virginia, Minn./Virginia) chipped in a season-best 10 points.
Pilgrim scored 22 points to pace four Pipers in double figures. Je’Naya Brown notched a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists.
Carleton continues its quest for its initial conference triumph of the season when the Knights travel to Concordia College for a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday, Jan. 4. That game can be heard live on KDHL 920 AM and Knights Online.