NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- Akemi Arzouman (Jr./Irvine, Calif./University) led the Carleton College women’s basketball team in scoring with a game-high 23 points, but the Knights were unable to capitalize on their 46 percent (6-for-13) three-point rate as they lost to visiting Concordia College, 74-66.
Concordia (14-7, 12-6 MIAC) raced to a 19-2 lead as the Knights started the contest just 1-for-11 from the field. Arzouman started the comeback with a pair of free throws with 10:35 to play in the first half. Carleton (2-19, 1-17 MIAC) responded with a 24-11 run and pulled within four points with 2:22 to play in the period. Following the frigid start, the Knights suddenly heated up, making 11 of their final 13 attempts (85 percent) of the half
After the Cobbers carried a 36-30 lead into intermission, the teams played nearly even in every statistical category over the final 20 minutes. Thanks to an overall 23-for-35 performance at the charity stripe, Concordia defended its lead, as the margin between the teams never dipped below six points. The Cobbers shot 49 percent from the field overall, compared to 44 percent for the Knights.
“Despite our slow start, we were able to battle our way back into the game and I'm proud of the group for that,” said Carleton head coach Cassie Kosiba. “We don't give up.”
“Today's game came down to the fact that we sent the Cobbers to the free-throw line too many times and struggled to force them to take low percentage shots.”
Skylar Tsutsui (Fy./Northridge, Calif./Harvard Westlake School) went 4-of-8 from beyond the arc and added 16 points to the Knights’ effort. Jessa Youso (Jr./Virginia, Minn./Virginia) tallied 10 points and snagged seven rebounds for Carleton.
Alley Fisher came off the bench to tally a team-high 19 points for Concordia, and Tricia Sorensen contributed 18 points.
Carleton hosts Hamline University on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Live video will be available via Knights Online.