NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Skylar Tsutsui (Jr./Northridge, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) led three Knights in double figures, but her bid for a game-tying shot at the buzzer missed the mark as the Carleton College women’s basketball team dropped a 73-70 decision at rival St. Olaf College.
“I am really happy with where our offense is at right now,” said Carleton head coach Cassie Kosiba. “Not only are we getting the shots we want, but we are getting to the free throw line often. We just needed a few more shots to fall tonight.
“I am encouraged by the improvement we saw from defensively tonight. I thought we adjusted well throughout the game, putting ourselves in a position for a shot to win it at the end.”
The Knight defense forced St. Olaf into 24 turnovers and held the Oles ( 3-1, 1-0 MIAC) to 41 percent shooting. Carleton (1-2, 0-1 MIAC) converted 22 free throws, four more than St. Olaf even attempted.
Tsutsui tallied 21 points—her seventh career 20-plus point effort—along with a career-best five steals and nearly capped the Knights’ late rally.
Carleton trailed 70-61 with less than two minutes remaining but forced four consecutive turnovers and battled back to knot the score at 70-70 when Jenny Ramey (Sr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) converted a pair of shots from the charity stripe with 34 seconds remaining.
The Oles made three-of-four free throws down the stretch. There was contact on Tsutsui’s shot from beyond the arc, but no whistle blew. St. Olaf grabbed the rebound and dribbled out the last two seconds.
Claire Thallon (Fy./Eugene, Ore./South Eugene) added a season-best 13 points for Carleton, while Gabbi Stienstra (So./St. Paul, Minn./Minnehaha) chipped in 11 points.
The Knights will look to bounce back when they host Hamline University on Saturday, Dec. 7 for a women’s-men’s doubleheader. Tipoff for the women’s game is 1 p.m. followed by the men at 3 p.m. Live video and live stats for both games will be available via Knights Online.