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Knights stumble late in loss to Saint Mary’s

December 6, 2017 at 10:42 pm
Katie Chavez
Katie Chavez paced the Knights with 17 points.
Photo: Phoebe Smith '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College women’s basketball team went cold at the wrong time, and the Knights watched Saint Mary’s University close the game with an 8-0 run that allowed the visitors to pull out a 71-64 result.

Katie Chavez (So./Westminster, Colo./Holy Family) hit a free throw to put Carleton (3-3, 1-1 MIAC) in front 64-63 at the 2:24 mark of the fourth quarter. Little did anyone in attendance expect that to the be Knights’ final point of the game.

Down the stretch, Carleton missed its final five shots and committed a pair of turnovers. Meanwhile, Saint Mary’s (5-3, 1-1 MIAC) made two layups and converted four free throws.

Chavez scored 17 points and added a game-high five assists. Sarah Waldfogel (Sr./Minneapolis, Minn./The Blake School) narrowly missed a double-double as she had 11 points and nine rebounds. Samantha Cooke (So./Chesterfield, Mo./Incarnate Word Academy) chipped in 11 points as well. Anne Hamilton (Sr./Chanhassen, Minn./Minnetonka), Nia Harris (Fy./Burnsville, Minn./The Blake School), and Katherine Miles (Sr./Park Ridge, Ill./Maine So.) scored seven points apiece.

Carleton led 47-38 when Miles drained a three pointer with three minutes remaining in the third quarter. Saint Mary’s closed that period on a 9-0 run to knot the score at 47-47 heading in the final stanza, which ended up featuring two ties and seven lead changes.

Brandi Blattner had a game-high 20 points—including 14 in the second half with five points coming during the game-sealing spurt—to pace four players in double figures for the Cardinals. Alex Huisman scored 15 of her 19 points before halftime. Savanna Bleess added 14 points, and Abby Winter contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.

Carleton was out-scored 33-17 over the final 13 minutes of the game, and this was just the second time this season that the Knights surrendered 60 points in a contest.

“We lost the defensive focus and effort that has been successful for us so far this season,” said Carleton head coach Cassie Kosiba. “Tomorrow we get back to the fundamentals and details that allow us to defend smarter and more aggressively.”

Carleton hits the road for a 3 p.m. contest at Macalester College on Saturday, Dec. 9. Live audio can be heard via Knights Online or on 920 AM KDHL in the Northfield/Faribault area.

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