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Result: W 75-44

Women's Basketball at Martin Luther College

Friday, November 9th, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. at New Ulm, Minn. - Luther Center

Knights cruise to win over Martin Luther in season lid-lifter

Cece Leone
Cece Leone
Photo: Nathan Klok

NEW ULM, Minn. – The Carleton College women’s basketball team started its 2018-19 season with a dominant 75-44 road win over Martin Luther College. Annabella Jensen (Fy./Salt Lake City, Utah/Hillcrest) and Cece Leone (Sr./Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton) led the way for Carleton with 18 and 17 points, respectively. 

“This was a great team effort,” said Coach Cassie Kossiba. “Our energy was high, we shared the ball really well and we’re able to disrupt them on the defensive end.”

The first five minutes from tipoff were the closest the game would be the entire game. Martin Luther (0-1) grabbed a 10-9 lead midway through the first quarter, but Carleton (1-0) put together an impressive 18-1 run over the next three minutes. That spurt was part of a longer 37-6 stretch that the visitors used to seize control of the contest.

Carleton led 52-26 at the break, its largest point total for a half since tallying 53 points after intermission at Hamline on Jan. 31, 2009.

Every available Carleton player saw court time in the victory, with several turning in notable performances.

Making her collegiate debut, Jensen tacked on seven rebounds, three steals, and two assists to go along with her game-high point total. Meanwhile, Leone started her senior campaign strong, adding four rebounds, three assists, and two steals to a double-digit scoring effort of her own.

Anna Hughes (So./Glenview, Ill./New Trier) went 3-7 from behind the arc and finished with a career-best 13 points. Erica Ellefson (Jr./Hutchinson, Minn./Hutchinson) contributed six points along with a career-high four assists and two blocked shots.

Nia Harris (So./Burnsville, Minn./The Blake School) added nine points and registered four steals, a figure matched by classmate Maris Daleo (So./Davis Junction, Ill./Stillman Valley). Carleton finished the contest with 18 steals, its highest total since totaling 19 steals at Augsburg on Dec. 6, 2004.

“Tonight, we came together on the court,” said Ellefson. “For our first game, we shared the ball and played team defense incredibly well.”

Carleton limited Martin Luther to 25 percent shooting on the night, including an 0-for-15 performance from beyond the arc.

The Knights will return to West Gym for their home opener against UW-River Falls on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. A live video broadcast and live stats will be available via Knights Online.