ST. PAUL, Minn. — Senior Jenny Ramey (Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) and junior Skylar Tsutsui (Northridge, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) were recognized as All-Conference Honorable Mention when the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its season-ending women’s basketball award winners on Wednesday. For Tsutsui, this is the third consecutive season she has picked up postseason hardware from the conference, while Ramey—who was All-MIAC in softball last spring— adds recognition for hoops to her athletic résumé.
Two seasons ago, Tsutui was named to the All-MIAC First-Year squad as well as garnering All-MIAC Honorable Mention. Last year, she picked up All-MIAC recognition. She was on pace to repeat that distinction again this year until she sustained a season-ending shoulder injury in late January, causing her to miss the Knights’ final nine games of the season.
At the time of the injury, Tsutsui was second in the MIAC in scoring—at a clip of 16.3 points per game—and paced the conference with 2.25 three pointers per contest. She was also fifth in the league with 2.88 assists each game.
Tsutsui’s impact on the Knights might best be reflected in how the team’s offensive statistics changed once she was no longer in the lineup. With Tsutsui playing, Carleton averaged 68.2 points and made 8.06 three-pointers per game, a figure that ranked 10th in Division III. Over the last nine games of the season, the Knights made only 4.33 triples, a figure that ranked in the lower half of all D-III squads, while seeing the scoring output drop by 16 points per contest.
Despite missing more than a third of the campaign, Tsutsui drained 36 three pointers in 2013-14, tied for the 10th-highest single-season total in Carleton history. She moved into second place in team annals with 134 triples over her career.
Ramey was a rock-solid member of the Knights lineup during her four years at Carleton. She appeared in all 100 games of her career, making 97 starts as she joined Anna Bandick ‘90 as the only players in team history with at least 800 career points, 300 assists, and 200 steals.
Ramey concluded the 2013-14 campaign averaging 12.4 points, second on the Knights’ roster and 14th in the conference. Not afraid of contact, the 5-6 point guard attacked the basket with such regularity that she got to the free-throw line at the second-highest clip in the MIAC. Ramey converted 82.2 percent of her free-throw attempts this season, ranking fifth in the league and her 129 makes at the charity stripe represent the third-best single-season total in team history. Among MIAC leaders, Ramey was 12th in steals and 14th in assists this year.
As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the conference announced the eighth annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for women's basketball. Members of the sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition. Carleton’s representative on the squad is senior Emma Purfeerst (Sr./River Falls, Wis./River Falls). She averaged 9.8 points and 7.7 rebounds over 25 games this season. In each of the three seasons for which she was healthy, Purfeerst tallied at least 220 points and 160 rebounds.