ST. PETER, Minn. – Jenny Ramey (Sr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) poured in a season-best 19 points for the Carleton College women’s basketball team, but the Knights came out on the short end of an 89-81 score, falling on the road to Gustavus Adolphus College.
The Knights (4-6, 2-5 MIAC) out-shot the hosts from inside and outside the arc as well as at the charity stripe,
Carleton (4-6, 2-5 MIAC) shot .577 from inside the arc, .385 from long range, and .778 from the free-throw line—with all three figures easily bettering the hosts—but the Gusties (6-5, 3-5 MIAC) possessed a 47-26 advantage on the boards, including 18 offensive rebounds, which led to a 15-point difference in second chance points.
Trailing by a point, Gustavus went on an 18-3 run midway through the first half and possessed a 36-22 lead with four minutes remaining in the first half.
Skylar Tsutsui (Jr./Northridge, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) and Ramey had consecutive three pointers to get the Knights back into the contest, but they still trailed by nine at the break.
Carleton kept chipping away at the deficit until the visitors closed to within 63-62 when Tsutsui found Gabbi Stienstra (So./St. Paul, Minn./Minnehaha) for a three pointer at the 7:48 mark. The hosts responded with an 8-0 spurt and maintained at least a five-point margin the rest of the way.
“I thought we got good looks and were effective offensively,” said Carleton head coach Cassie Kosiba. “We shared the ball and had a good combination of scoring on the perimeter and in the lane. Defensively it just came down to rebounding. We must find a way to secure the ball after the first shot.”
In addition to Ramey and Tsutsui, the Knights also received double-digit scoring efforts from Emma Purfeerst (Sr./River Falls, Wis./River Falls) and Steinstra with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Gustavus got 21 points from Julia Dysthe and a double-double—20 points and 12 rebounds—from Karina Schroeder.
The Knights will hit the road again on Monday, Jan. 13 when they trek to Winona, Minn. to face Saint Mary’s University for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff. Live audio will be available on KDHL 920 AM and via Knights Online.