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Result: L 64-69

Women's Basketball vs. Bethany Lutheran College

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - West Gym

Knights rally but let late lead slip away against Bethany Lutheran

By Annika Martensson ’19
Maris Daleo
Maris Daleo
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College women’s basketball team could not hang on after erasing a 15-point second-half deficit and dropped a 69-64 result to visiting Bethany Lutheran College on Wednesday.

Despite four Carleton (3-3) players scoring in double-figures—including a 15-point, five-assist performance from Cece Leone (Sr./Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton)—the Knights were unable to hold onto their own late lead.

“We battled with a very good Bethany Lutheran team tonight,” said Coach Cassie Kosiba. “When we play within our system, we look really good. We just need to do that for longer stretches at a time.”

The Knights started out the game strong with Anna Hughes (So./Glenview, Ill./New Trier) knocking down two shots from behind the arc in the first quarter to help the home team claim a 17-10 lead after 10 minutes of action.

Coming off of back-to-back double-double performances in California, Annabella Jensen (Fy./Salt Lake City, Utah/Hillcrest) was another bright spot early on for the Knights as she corralled six rebounds in the first half alone, a part of her 11-point, eight-rebound, and three-block night. Despite Jensen’s post presence, the second quarter slumps set in for the Knights as they shot a mere 21 percent from the field and were outscored 21-8 by the Vikings (6-1) and faced a 31-25 deficit at intermission.

Coming out of the break, the Vikings went on a 13-4 run—part of their longer 23-6 burst that stretched back to the final three minutes of the second quarter. Bethany Lutheran looked to have the game in hand after building a 44-29 margin with 3:50 left in the third quarter, but the Knights had different ideas.

Carleton scored the final 14 points of the period to pull within 44-43 entering the final period of play. Leone and Nia Harris (So./Burnsville, Minn./The Blake School) both scored five points and hit a clutch three over this stretch, which was part of a longer 31-11 rally that resulted in Carleton leading 60-55 with 4:20 still to play.

 

Bethany Lutheran would not stay down for long though, as the UMAC’s leading scorer Abby Olson notched nine of her team’s 14 points down the stretch. All told, she scored 17 of her game-high 26 points in the second half.

Jill Yanai (Fy./Glendale, Calif./Glendale) made a pair of free throws to pull the Knights within 65-64 with 1:33 still to play, but Carleton went scoreless the rest of the way and the Vikings converted all four free throws in the final 15 seconds to ice the game.

The Knights forced 18 turnovers from the Vikings and scored 20 points off such opportunities. Samantha Cooke (Jr./Chesterfield, Mo./Incarnate Word Academy) and Harris each contributed 10 points off the Carleton bench as the Knights’ reserves outscored their counterparts, 25-14. Maris Daleo (So./Davis Junction, Ill./Stillman Valley) had a game-high three steals, all of which came in the fourth quarter, to go along with her seven boards, four points, and three assists.

With the loss, the Knights fall to 3-3 on the year. They will begin conference play this weekend when they host Saint Mary’s University on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. at West Gym. Live video and stats will be available via Knights Online.