ST. PAUL, Minn. – Jenny Ramey (So./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) went 9-for-14 from the field and made eight-of her-nine free throw attempts en route to scoring a career-high 28 points. That performance coupled with a balanced second-half attack, helped the Carleton College women’s basketball team snap its losing streak by steamrolling St. Catherine University, 79-48.
The first few minutes consisted of back and forth basketball, as Carleton (3-20, 2-18 MIAC) traded baskets with St. Catherine (1-22, 0-20 MIAC) before the score settled at 9-9 with 13:33 to go. After a Knights’ defensive rebound, Ramey took the outlet and rocketed the ball ahead to Akemi Arzouman (Irvine,Calif./University) streaking down the court. The junior outran the Wildcats’ defense for an easy layup, sparking the Knights to a 19-9 run.
St. Kate’s closed the period with a mini 7-2 run, and just like earlier this season at West Gym, the Knights carried a 32-27 advantage into intermission. However, those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
The Wildcats may have had thoughts of ending their long losing streak, but those dreams were quickly squashed—because, just like the first meeting, the second half was all Carleton.
Ramey took over early in the second period, scoring 11 points as the Knights went on a 13-2 run over the first five minutes. The margin would slowly increase throughout the balance of the contest. Carleton shot 59 percent from the field, including 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.
While Carleton was heating up, St. Kate’s was cooling off. The Wildcats went just 3-for-13 from the field over the final eleven and a half minutes.
Carleton shot 47 percent overall and limited St. Catherine to just 28 percent shooting on the day. The Knights forced 21 turnovers out of the Wildcats and snagged 20 offensive rebounds, leading to a 25-11 advantage in second chance points.
“I was very proud of our ability to maintain our focus throughout the entire game,” said Carleton head coach Cassie Kosiba. “Jenny Ramey really set the tone in the second half, and I think everyone else followed.”
Ramey had 18 points after halftime overall, going 5-for-5 from the floor with a pair of three pointers and six free throws. This was Ramey’s third career 20+ point game. Her scoring output matched Arzouman’s 28-point effort against Hamline on Jan. 4 for most by a Knight this season. The last time a Carleton player scored more than 28 points was when Hannah Oken-Berg '09 tallied 30 against St. Kate's on Feb. 3, 2007.
When Ramey wasn’t scoring her teammates were. She finished with six assists, her fourth-best total for the season. She also matched her career high with four steals.
Arzouman contributed 18 points to the Knights’ effort. Jessa Youso (Jr./Virginia, Minn./Virginia) added 11 points and sank her first career three-pointer as the Knights halted a nine-game slide.
Sarina Baker was St. Catherine’s leading score with 14 points. Jule Muegge also tallied 12 points for the Wildcats.
“This was a great team win on both sides of the ball, and we hope to bring the confidence we played with today into the final week of MIAC play,” said Kosiba.
Carleton’s season-ending road trip continues at Augsburg College on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on KDHL 920 AM and Knights Online.