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Result: L 68-70 (OT)

Women's Basketball vs. Concordia College-Moorhead

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 – 5:45 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - West Gym

Knights lose back and forth game in OT

By Annika Martensson '19
Cece Leone
Cece Leone
Photo: Ruthie Yankwitt '22


NORTHFIELD, Minn. – In its final home game of the 2018-19 season, the Carleton College women’s basketball team dropped an overtime heart-breaker to Concordia College-Moorhead, 70-68.

The Knights (3-12, 0-17 MIAC) outshot the Cobbers (8-16, 5-12 MIAC) from both the field and beyond the arc, put up more points in the paint, points off turnovers, and on fast breaks while also committing four less turnovers than their counterparts.

Despite all of those successes, it was still a back-and-forth game at West Gymnasium, with 17 lead changes and nine ties coming in just the second half and overtime. Neither team held a lead larger than five points at any point after intermission.

Carleton led it 52-47 with 5:21 left to play in the fourth quarter, but the Cobbers went on to outscore the Knights 9-4 over the closing minutes of regulation, including a 6-for-6 performance from the free-throw line to force that game into overtime tied at 56-56.

In the extra session, a Cece Leone (Sr./Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton) triple gave the Knights a narrow 61-60 lead with 2:52 left to play. Concordia scored the game’s next six points to open up its largest lead of the contest at 66-61. Carleton was unable to cash in an opportunity to tie the game on its final possession.

Leone collected her eighth career double-double performance, with a 14-point, 11-rebound stat line. She also tacked on three steals, an assist, and a block.

Meanwhile, Samantha Cooke (Jr./Chesterfield, Mo./Incarnate Word Academy) recorded her second double-double in as many games. The forward put up 11 points and 11 boards, seven of which came on the offensive glass. 

Leone and Cooke were two of the four Knights’ players to score in double figures on the evening. Nia Harris (So./Burnsville, Minn./The Blake School) paced the team in scoring with a career-best 15 points as well as five boards, three assists, and a steal. Anna Hughes (So./Glenview, Ill./New Trier) finished the game with 14 points as well, including a 4-of-7 performance from beyond the arc.

Jill Yanai (Fy./Glendale, Calif./Glendale) filled up the stat sheet for Carleton, chipping in nine points, four boards, three assists, two steals, and a block.

The Cobbers had three players in double figures and were led offensively by Elizabeth Birkemeyer, who put up a game-high 20 points and added on nine boards and four assists. Meanwhile, Kristin Simmons was the game’s third player to nab a double-double as she pulled down a game-best 16 rebounds and put up 13 points for her squad.

Carleton will be on the road for the season finale at the College of Saint Benedict on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. Links to live audio will be available via Knights Online.