NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Michele Arima (So./Valencia, Calif./West Ranch) scored 12 points off the bench, but visiting St. Olaf College shot 64 percent in the first half in topping host Carleton College, 65-45.
The Oles (10-5, 8-4 MIAC) built a 38-16 lead at the break and opened the second half on a 15-2 spurt, with 10 of those 15 points coming in the paint as the visitors used a significant size differential to their advantage.
Skyler Tsutsui (Jr./Northridge, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) added 11 points for Carleton (4-11, 2-10 MIAC) and Jessica Huang (Sr./Millbrae, Calif./Taipai American School) a career-best 10 points for the Knights, who shot only 29 percent from the floor and were 7-of-32 from three-point range.
Elise Raney had 14 points to lead the Oles, who completed the season sweep of the Knights. Emily Wahlberg added 10 points for St. Olaf, which shot 57.4 percent from the floor for the entire game and out-rebounded Carleton 42-17.
"We may not be the biggest team in height or number, but when we play together, we've proven to be a force to reckon with," said Carleton head coach Cassie Kosiba. "We've gotten away from our basics offensively and what was effective in the first half of the season. Thanks to the chaotic MIAC schedule, we must quickly reflect on this game, but then start to prepare for Saturday's matchup against a feisty Hamline team."
The Knights return to action on Saturday, Jan. 25, traveling to Hamline University for a women’s/men’s doubleheader. The women tip at 1 p.m. at Hutton Arena, followed by the men at 3 p.m. The game can be heard locally on KDHL 920 AM and worldwide on Knights Online.