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Result: W 98-93 (OT)

Women's Basketball vs. University of Dubuque

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - West Gym

Record-breaking offensive outburst leads Knights past Dubuque in OT

Cece Leone
Cece Leone
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Offense was the name of the game, as the Carleton College women’s basketball team broke the team record for points in a contest and secured a 98-93 overtime victory over the University of Dubuque. Cece Leone (Sr./Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton) poured in a career-high 28 points—21 of them after halftime—to pace four Knights in double figures.

“There are a lot of areas I could pick apart, especially on the defensive side of the ball,” said Carleton head coach Cassie Kosiba. “But when we needed a stop or a rebound at the end, we got it. There were many times we could have hung our head and sulked but instead we kept charging forward. I'm really proud of our ability to stay positive and finish the game out.”

The previous team record of 92 points was originally establish in a 92-71 home win over Augsburg on Feb. 14, 1990 and later matched in a 92-65 triumph at Concordia on Dec. 14, 2002. The 191 points the Knights and Spartans combined to score on Tuesday night also established a new Carleton record.

It seemed like both teams were running their offense at will in the early going. Maris Daleo (So./Davis Junction, Ill./Stillman Valley) and Anna Hughes (So./Glenview, Ill./New Trier) had seven and six points, respectively, in the first quarter of action. Meanwhile, Dubuque sharpshooter Lexi Daniels dominated the period as she hit her first four shots—all from beyond the arc—to account for more than half of the visitor’s points in an action-packed stanza that ended with Carleton ahead 25-23.

The tempo slowed in the second quarter, although the teams combined to shoot 48 percent. The Spartans re-took the lead, 43-40, by intermission.

Carleton picked up the pace during the third quarter as the Knights shot nearly 65 percent from the field and outscored Dubuque, 30-19, in the period. This was Samantha Cooke’s (Jr./Chesterfield, Mo./Incarnate Word Academy) first game back with the Knights since suffering a season-ending knee injury in January 2018. She returned to practice only five days ago after spending fall term on an off-campus study program in Prague, Czech Republic. She showed little rust, however, and scored 11 third-quarter points on perfect shooting from the field as a part of her overall 17-point effort.

Carleton eventually opened up an 80-71 lead with 5:30 remaining in regulation, but the Spartans went on a 13-0 run to grab a three-point lead with 2:15 still to play. Leone scored the game’s next four points to push the Knights back in front, and Anna Hughes (So./Glenview, Ill./New Trier) knocked down two free throws to give Carleton an 86-83 advantage with 17 seconds remaining.

Dubuque junior forward Josie Thomas banked in the game-tying 3-pointer with 0:00.9 on the clock to force overtime.

After Hughes opened the extra period with a triple, Leone—perhaps saving her strongest play for the end—scored seven of the Knights’ final nine points and secured three rebounds. The senior iced the game with three free throws in the final 11 seconds.

Leone registered the fourth 20-plus point game of her career. She also tacked on nine rebounds and two steals. Joining her and Cooke in double figures were Harris, who chipped in 14 points, and Erica Ellefson (Jr./Hutchinson, Minn./Hutchinson), who added 12 points to the Carleton effort.

Dubuque was led by an 18-point performance off the bench from Thomas. Kia Dwight contributed 16 points, and Lexi Daniels made five 3-pointers for her 15 points.

Carleton travels to California to celebrate Thanksgiving before taking on California Institute of Technology on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. PT followed by a matchup against UC-Santa Cruz 24 hours later.