ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – Sometimes it really is about how you start and finish.
That was the case for the Carleton College women’s basketball team on Saturday. Jenny Ramey (Jr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) had a team-best 14 points, four assists, and four steals for the Knights, who fell behind early, then rallied to make the game close only to watch host Bethel University pull away late in what became a 71-49 outcome.
Carleton (4-14, 4-11 MIAC) came up empty on its first 11 possessions as Bethel (4-14, 3-12 MIAC) opened the game on a 12-0 run lasting nearly six minutes. The Knights steadied the ship but still faced a double-digit deficit at halftime, trailing 31-21 at the break.
The Royals maintained a 43-30 advantage with 13:45 remaining, but Carleton had its best offensive stretch of the afternoon, going on 14-4 spurt by scoring on 6-of its next-7 possessions to close closing the gap to 47-44 with 10:45 on the clock.
Later, Jessica Huang’s (Fy./Millbrae, Calif./Taipei American) layup brought Carleton within 53-47 with 7:30 still to play, but just as they did to start the contest, the Knights suddenly couldn’t put the ball in the basket, getting only a pair of Ramey free throws the remainder of the contest as the Royals pulled away with an 18-2 burst.
Skylar Tsutsui (So./Northridge, Calif./Harvard Westlake) scored 12 points, and Emma Purfeerst (Jr./River Falls, Wis./River Falls) chipped in with 11.
Bethel had four players in double figures, including a double-double by Rachel Paprusky’s team high 21 points and 11 caroms.
Carleton’s road trip continues with a visit to nationally-ranked University of St. Thomas on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Live audio will be available on KDHL 920 AM and Knights Online.