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Result: L 62-63

Women's Basketball at Bethany Lutheran College

Monday, January 8th, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. at Mankato, Minn. - North Gym

Knights' rally falls short in narrow loss at Bethany Lutheran

Cece Leone
Cece Leone
Photo: Hugh O'Connor '20

MANKATO, Minn. – The Carleton College women’s basketball team erased a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit but still ended up absorbing a 63-62 defeat at Bethany Lutheran College in non-conference action.

Bethany Lutheran (10-4) scored the first two baskets of the game, but nine early points from Cece Leone (Jr./Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton) and a buzzer beater by Anne Hamilton (Sr./Chanhassen, Minn./Minnetonka) gave Carleton an 18-10 advantage at the end of the first period.

The Knights (5-8) built their largest lead of the contest, 25-14, at the 5:47 mark of the second quarter, but the Vikings bounced back with a 10-0 run. Leone and Hamilton rose to the occasion as Carleton closed with an 8-2 spurt of its own to carry a 33-26 lead into the break.

The Knights started the second half with a three pointer by Hamilton. However, a scorching 25-3 to run by Bethany Lutheran over the next eight minutes shifted the tone of the contest.

Despite facing a double-digit deficit to begin the fourth quarter, the Knights still had plenty of fight left in them.

Trailing 53-41 early in the final period, Sarah Waldfogel (Sr./Minneapolis, Minn./The Blake School) scored seven points and added two assists as the Knights used a 14-2 run to knot the score with 4:30 still to play.

Dakota Ellinghuysen inched the hosts back in front on the next possession, and the Vikings scored their final six points at the charity stripe to hold off the final Knights rally.

With time running out Hamilton drained a triple, pulling Carleton to within 63-62, but with only one second remaining, the Vikings were able to hang on and hand Carleton its fourth consecutive loss.

“We failed to make the necessary defensive adjustments in the half court in the third quarter, and they capitalized on that, “said Carleton head coach Cassie Kosba. “But what it all came down to was free throws. Our inability to get to the line, and their ability to do so.”

Bethany Lutheran finished the evening 25-of-30 at the charity stripe, compared to a 7-of-13 performance for the Knights.

Hamilton finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for her third career double-double. Leone fell just shy of her career best, finishing with 21 points and two assists. Waldfogel narrowly missed a double-double of her own, tallying 15 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and three steals.

The Vikings featured a balanced offensive attack as five players scored between 10-15 points.

The Knights will host Hamline University on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. Knights Online will feature live video and stats.