NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- Emma Purfeerst (Sr./River Falls, Wis./River Falls) poured in a game-high and career-best 27 points along with 12 rebounds in leading the Carleton College women’s basketball team to a 84-73 victory over visiting Hamline University. Gabbi Stienstra (So./St. Paul, Minn./Minnehaha) added the first double-double of her career, tallying 16 points and 10 boards.
“We shared the ball well this afternoon and found ways to get high percentage shots attempts,” said Carleton head coach Cassie Kosiba. “Our perimeter players did a great job of attacking the lane and finding the open player.”
The Knights (2-2, 1-1 MIAC) finished with 17 assists, and Purfeerst was a big part of the squad’s 46-30 advantage in points in the paint. She went 11-of-13 from the field, tied for the fifth-best single-game shooting performance in team history.
Carleton limited Hamline (0-3, 0-2 MIAC) to just 32.5 percent shooting, but the Pipers used 14 offensive rebounds in the first half to stay close as they trailed just 42-41 at the break. Purfeerst and Steinstra accounted for the first five points of the second half, and Carleton slowly pulled away over the balance of the contest.
“I challenged our team at halftime to make the necessary changes defensively and felt they responded well,” Kosiba said.
Skylar Tsutsui (Jr./Northridge, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) added 19 points, four assists, and three blocks to the Carleton totals. Claire Thallon (Fy./Eugene, Ore./South Eugene) chipped in 11 points, four assists, and two steals.
Jordan Sammons paced the Pipers in scoring. Although her first field goal did not come until there was 7:09 remaining in the first half, the MIAC’s leading scoring finished with 26 points, 16 rebounds, and four steals.
The Knights have scored 323 points this season, the highest point total through the first four games in program history. In fact this stretch is tied for the fourth-highest four-game point total in team history, the other three coming during the 2002-03 campaign.
Carleton travels to St. Catherine University on Monday, Dec. 9. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. and live audio can be heard on Knights Online.