MOORHEAD, Minn. – Despite a game-high 17 points from first-year Gabbi Stienstra (St. Paul, Minn./Minnehaha), the Carleton College women’s basketball team was unable to keep pace with Concordia College in the second half and dropped an 83-65 decision. Stienstra was 6-of-7 from the field, including 5-for-5 from beyond the arc to match the Knights’ record for best three-point shooting performance.
Steinstra kept the Carleton (2-5, 2-3 MIAC) in the contest during the first half, scoring all of her career-best 17 points prior to intermission. Her 5-for-5 long-range effort matched the performances of Melissa Williams ‘97 at Southwestern University (Texas) on Dec. 2, 1995 and Ally Weaver ’11 against Saint Mary’s University on Feb. 4, 2009.
“I was pleased with our effort and energy in the first half,” said Carleton head coach Cassie Kosiba. “We unfortunately came out slow in the second half, and we can’t afford to do that against a strong team like Concordia.”
After shooting 52 percent over the front 20 minutes, the Knights entered halftime tied with the Cobbers at 33-33. It was a much different story after the break.
The Knights shot 36 percent from the floor after intermission, and the Cobber defense held Stienstra without a field-goal attempt. Meanwhile, Concordia (5-3, 4-1 MIAC) started the period on a 16-4 run and connected on 56 percent of its shots in the second half to slowly pull away.
Akemi Arzouman (Sr./Irvine, Calif./University) came off the bench to tally 11 points for Carleton, the fourth time she’s notched double-figures this season. Emma Purfeerst (Jr./River Falls, Wis./River Falls) added nine points and eight rebounds.
Four players finished in double figures for Concordia, led by 14 apiece from Alley Fisher and Alexandra Lippert.
Carleton’s final game before the holiday break is Saturday, Dec. 15 at Coe College. Tipoff in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is slated for 4 p.m.