NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Skylar Tsutsui (So./Northridge, Calif./Harvard Westlake) scored 11 of her team-high 17 points in the second half, but the Carleton College women’s basketball team was unable to overcome a frigid shooting performance in the first half and ended up falling 75-63 to the College of Saint Benedict.
The Knights (4-12, 4-9 MIAC) shot only 26 percent over the first period and trailed 34-21 at the break. The Blazers (12-4, 10-3 MIAC) used a 15-0 run early in the second half to open their largest lead of the contest at 49-25 with 14:20 remaining.
Carleton refused to give up, with Jenny Ramey (Jr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) scoring six straight points over the next 90 seconds. The Knights continued to chip away at the deficit and back-to-back layups by Tsutsui pulled the Knights within 63-55 with 3:47 still on the clock.
Ultimately the hole was too big to climb out of, and the Blazers held on for their seventh victory in eight games despite being outscored by Carleton over the final 20 minutes.
Ramey finished with 12 points—thanks to a 9-of-10 showing at the free-throw line—and contributed four steals with three assists and three rebounds. Gabbi Stienstra (Fy./St. Paul, Minn./Minnehaha) added 14 points before fouling out.
Whitney Canton paced the visitors with 17 points. Hanny Hylla added 6 poins with Brianna Barrett (14) and Tish Alexander (10) also reaching double figures.
The Knights face another tough challenge on Wednesday, Jan. 23 when Concordia College visits West Gym for a doubleheader. Tipoff for the women’s game is at 5:45 p.m. with live video and live stats provided on Knights Online.