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Result: L 61-75

Women's Basketball vs. College of Saint Benedict (Green Dot Game)

Saturday, January 19th, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - West Gym

Bennies’ pressure becomes more than Knights can handle

By Annika Martensson '19
Samantha Cooke
Samantha Cooke
Photo: Mo McConnell '20

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Samantha Cooke (Jr./Chesterfield, Mo./Incarnate Word Academy) dropped a season-high and game-best 24 points, but a relentless third quarter press from the College of Saint Benedict gave the Carleton College women’s basketball team too much trouble as they dropped a 75-61 result.

The Knights (3-14, 0-10 MIAC) played even with the Blazers (10-7, 6-4 MIAC) throughout the entire first half, but the visitor’s relentless press forced the home team to commit six turnovers in under four minutes in the third quarter alone.

A back and forth opening period of play ended at 19-19 and saw Cece Leone (Sr./Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton) nab nine early points. She would finish the day with 14 points, eight boards, four assists, and three blocks.

Neither team led by more than four points the entire second quarter, but Saint Benedict’s entered the intermission with a slight 30-28 edge.

Carleton led 39-37 with 5:41 to go in the third quarter, but things started to unravel when Saint Benedict put on a full-court press that created havoc in the Knights backcourt. The visitors proceeded to go on a 16-2 run over the next 3:16 to give them a 53-41 lead. The Blazers would go on to hold a double-digit lead for most of the remaining time.

Saint Benedict was led by sophomore Maddie Schmitz, who finished with a 21-point, 11-rebound double-double on the game while four other Bennies scored in double figures.

Neither the Blazers not the Knights shot particularly well from the field, with both teams hitting under 39 percent of their attempts. However, the visitors came up with 11 steals leading to a 17-9 edge in points off turnovers. The Bennies made the most of their time at the charity stripe, making 21-of-24 free throws.

Cooke notched her fifth career game with 20-plus points and added six rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Meanwhile, Jill Yanai (Fy./Glendale, Calif./Glendale) filled up the stat sheet with eight rebounds, five assists, two points, and two steals on the game.

The Knights will be back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 p.m. when they travel to Bethel University.