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Knights start 2019 with loss to St. Kate’s

January 2, 2019 at 10:06 pm
By Annika Martensson '19
Samantha Cooke
Samantha Cooke
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

NORTHFIELD, MINN. – In the opening game of 2019, the Carleton College women’s basketball team absorbed a 63-48 loss to visiting St. Catherine University.

Playing for the first time in 18 days, Carleton showed some rust, shooting 34 percent overall and committed a season-worst 24 turnovers, which led to 21 points for the Wildcats (6-6, 3-2 MIAC). St. Catherine was playing its second game since returning from the holiday break, but still had some kinks to work out as well, shooting only 32 percent, including a 2-for14 performance (14.3 percent) from three-point range.

“We needed to get back to playing aggressive team defense, and I feel like we took a step in the direction tonight,” said Carleton head coach Cassie Kosiba. “We still have to work to execute better offensively, but our focus will continue to be on the defensive side of the ball.”

As they have in many games this season, Carleton got off to a quick start, opening the contest with baskets on their first two possessions and a 4-0 lead. The Knights could not maintain their early lead, and St. Kate’s put together a 13-0 run midway through the opening quarter. The visitors exited the first period of play with a 23-15 lead and maintained at least a six-point advantage the rest of the way.

Samantha Cooke (Jr./Chesterfield, Mo./Incarnate Word Academy) and Cece Leone (Sr./Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton) led the way for the Knights (3-9, 0-5 MIAC) with 15 and 13 points, respectively. First-year guard Jill Yanai (Fy./Glendale, Calif./Glendale) finished with eight points, five assists, and three rebounds on the night. She even completed the rare four-point play after being fouled on a three-point shot and nailing the ensuing free throw at the 3:34 mark of the fourth quarter.

The visiting Wildcats were led by the two-pronged attack of Audra Clark and Danica Cambrice. Clark led all scorers with 19 points and tacked on seven rebounds, four assists and two steals on the night. Meanwhile, Cambrice, the conference’s leading scorer entering the day, had 18 points to go along with her five rebounds and three steals.

The Knights will be back at West Gym to host Gustavus Adolphus College on Saturday, Jan. 5 in the first home doubleheader of the season. The women’s team will take on the Gusties at 1 p.m. with the men’s tipoff slated for 3 p.m. Links to live video and stats for both games will be available on Knights Online.