NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- Despite a career-high 20 points from Claire Thallon (Fy./Eugene, Ore./South Eugene), a late surge from Concordia College proved too much for the Carleton College women’s basketball team to handle as they suffered a 73-69 setback at home.
The first half was a see-saw battle between the two squads, as Carleton (4-5, 2-4 MIAC) exchanged the lead with the Cobbers eight times over the course of the opening frame. The Knights made their move with just under six minutes until the break, when a layup by Michele Arima (So./Valencia, Calif./West Ranch) sparked a 12-4 scoring run to leave Carleton up 37-29 going into intermission.
The Knights held a 46-36 advantage with 15:50 remaining, but Erin Januschka scored 10 consecutive points for Concordia (8-3, 6-2 MIAC) to knot the score with 13 minutes left.
Concordia used a 12-3 run to grab the momentum and held off Carleton’s comeback attempt down the stretch.
In addition to Thallon’s 20, the Knights also benefited from 18 points from Skylar Tsutsui (Jr./Northridge, Calif./Harvard-Westlake). Arima also contributed 11 points.
The Cobbers were paced by Januschka, who came off the bench and scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half.
Carleton next travels to St. Peter, Minn. to face off against Gustavus Adolphus College on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. That will be the opener of a women’s-men’s doubleheader. Both games can be heard on KDHL 920 AM and Knights Online.