ST. PAUL, Minn. – Despite even play in the second half and 18 points apiece from Skylar Tsutsui (So./Northridge, Calif./Harvard Westlake) and Emma Purfeerst (Jr./River Falls, Wis./River Falls), the scoring differential in the first half proved to be too much for the Knights to overcome as the Carleton College women’s basketball team suffered a 71-63 setback on the road at Hamline University.
The teams fought back and forth over the first 10 minutes of play, seeming to trade basket for basket as Hamline (6-9, 6-6 MIAC) clawed its way to a slim four-point lead with 10:37 to play. Carleton (4-11, 4-8 MIAC) managed to cut the margin down to one with 9:06 in the period, but the Knights made just 1-of their final-11 shots from the field over the balance of the period and trailed at the half, 37-29.
The eight-point lead was all the Pipers needed in the second half, where the teams played evenly, recording the same number of points (34), rebounds (23), assists (5), and made field goals (10).
It proved to be the statistical differences that were the game-changers. The Pipers went 7-of-22 (31.8 percent) from three-point range, while the Knights – one game after sinking a program record 13 from downtown – converted only 4-of-20 (20 percent) of their attempts from beyond the arc.
In addition to their combined 36-point effort, Tsutsui and Purfeerst nabbed seven and six rebounds, respectively. Jenny Ramey (Jr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) scored 11 points and tallied seven rebounds and five assists. Gabbi Stienstra (Fy./St. Paul, Minn./Minnehaha) scored 10 points and grabbed five boards.
The Pipers were led by Jordan Sammons who scored 23 points and recorded 17 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Cassidy Vogt added 16 points to the effort. Two others were also in double figures for Hamline.
Carleton hosts College of St. Benedict at home on Monday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Live stats and high definition video will be available via Knights Online.