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Pipers shoot past Knights

January 12, 2019 at 4:35 pm
Cece Leone
Cece Leone
Photo: Ryan Coleman / d3photography.com

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – After playing even with its hosts in the first half, the Carleton College women’s basketball team watched Hamline University blister the nets in the second half as the Pipers claimed a 75-61 result.

The Knights (3-12, 0-8 MIAC) kept pace with the Pipers (9-6, 4-4 MIAC) for three of the four periods, but a 29-point third quarter for the home team gave Hamline the conference victory.

Anna Hughes (So./Glenview, Ill./New Trier) started the game off hot, nailing a three on the Knights’ opening possession to give them an early advantage. Hughes finished the day with 12 points, all of which came from behind the arc.

Cece Leone (Sr./Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton) carried the Knights in the first half, accounting for 14 of team’s 32 points. Leone would finish the day with 20 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and zero turnovers. This was Leone’s fifth career game with at least 20 points.

The score was tied at 32-32 going into the break, and the third quarter proved to be the difference maker in the game as Hamline outscored the Knights, 29-14, over the 10 minutes, including a 5-of-6 showing from beyond the arc. The Pipers’ third-quarter outburst was sparked by Hamline rookie Chen’el Anderson-Manning, who concluded the day with 21 points off a perfect 7-for-7 performance from behind the arc.

Hamline shot 52 percent overall in the second half, including a blistering 89 percent (8-of-9) from three-point range. Junior Reilly Geistfield led the way for the home team with a game-high 23 points and team-best nine boards.

For the Knights, Annabella Jensen (Fy./Salt Lake City, Utah/Hillcrest) almost added another double-double to her resume, as she tallied nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Samantha Cooke (Jr./Chesterfield, Mo./Incarnate Word Academy) contributed three of the team’s eight blocks in the game. Cooke also added four points, two rebounds, and an assist.

Carleton returns home on Wednesday, Jan. 16 to take on rival St. Olaf College at 6 p.m. The winner of the game will take home the President’s Cup. Live stats and video will be available via Knights Online.