Northfield, Minn. – Megan Vig (Jr./Northfield, Minn.) scored 20 points, 13 in the second half, and Katie Freeman (Sr./Richfield, Minn.) added 10 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season as No. 19 Carleton College rallied past Hamline University, 68-62.
The Knights (12-3, 12-0 MIAC) won for the 12th consecutive time and 22nd straight time at West Gym. Beth Freeman (Sr./Richfield, Minn.) added 10 points and seven rebounds for the hosts.
Hamline (5-10, 3-9 MIAC) was paced by Laurisa Ewert’s 17 points and nine rebounds. Carolyn Korchik and Ashley Busch added 16 points each for the Pipers, who lost for the fifth time in their last six games.
Carleton took a slim 32-31 halftime lead but extended the margin to 10, 43-33, outscoring the Pipers 11-2 out of the locker room. Hamline answered with a run of its own, using a 12-3 run to take a 53-50 lead on a Busch inside bucket with 9:08 left. The Knights defense, however, held the Pipers to six points over the next eight minutes. Carleton took the lead for good with 7:21 left when senior Kate Krueger (Kirkland, Wash./Seattle Prep) drilled a three-pointer. The Pipers were 2-of-9 with four turnovers during the stretch.
The Pipers, however, hung tough and pulled within two after a pair of Busch free throws, but Beth Freeman scored inside and Katie Freeman made four consecutive free throws in the final 15 seconds for the victory.
Hamline jumped out to an early lead, only to see the Knights come roaring back with an 11-2 spree, highlighted by five straight points from Andrea Korb (Jr./Tonganoxie, Kans.). Hamline battled back and took a brief lead at 31-30 before Vig scored inside on Carleton’s final possession of the half.
Carleton shot a sold 47 percent from the field while the Pipers connected on 40 percent of their attempts. The Pipers outrebounded Carleton, 33-31. The difference in the game was the Carleton bench, as it held a 16-8 edge, thanks in large point to Korb’s nine points, all coming in the first half. The total matched her career high.
The win by Carleton sets up a big showdown with second-place St. Benedict on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. The Blazers, who lost at Concordia-Moorhead on Monday, are ranked 14th in the latest D3hoops.com poll while the Knights are 19th. Carleton won the season’s first meeting, a 71-56 triumph in St. Joseph on Dec. 6, 2004. The game can be heard live on KQCL 95.9 FM and worldwide on Knights Online.