MINNEAPOLIS — Skylar Tsutsui (Jr./Northridge, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) had 14 points and Emma Purfeerst (Sr./River Falls, Wis./River Falls) narrowly missed a double-double as the Carleton College women’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaking 51-48 decision at Augsburg College.
The Knights (4-8, 2-7 MIAC) carried a five-point lead into halftime and scored the first eight points of the second half to build a 38-25 advantage. The Auggies (7-4, 4-4 MIAC) countered with a 14-0 run spanning six minutes to retake the lead with 10:33 remaining.
A pair of Jenny Ramey (Sr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) free throws later put the Knights back in front 47-43 with 6:50 to go, but Augsburg closed the game on an 8-1 spurt to pull out the victory.
After getting beat on the boards during the first four games of 2014, Carleton edged the Auggies, 34-30, with Purfeerst pulling down nine caroms to go along with 13 points. Ramey and Michele Arima (So./Valencia, Calif./West Ranch) each had four steals as the Knights registered a season-best 12 takeaways.
Jessica Lillquist tallied a game-high 16 points to lead the home team, which shot 50 percent in the second half to complete the comeback.
Carleton returns home to host College of Saint Benedict on Saturday, Jan. 18. Knights Online will feature live video of the 1 p.m. contest.