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Result: W 70-63

Women's Basketball vs. California Institute of Technology

Saturday, November 24th, 2018 – 4:00 p.m. PST / 6:00 p.m. CST at Santa Cruz, Calif. - Kaiser Permanente Arena

Knights cut down Caltech, 70-63

By Annika Martensson ’19
Annabella Jensen
Annabella Jensen
Photo: Nathan Klok

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Annabella Jensen (Fy./Salt Lake City, Utah/Hillcrest) notched her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Carleton College women’s basketball team defeated the California Institute of Technology, 70-63, on the first day of action at the UC-Santa Cruz Thanksgiving Classic.

“It was a tale of two halves tonight,” said Carleton head coach Cassie Kosiba. “I could focus on the struggles of our first half, but when it comes down to it, I was very pleased with our ability to adjust in second half. When we share the ball, we create some great opportunities offensively.”

Just days after their record-breaking offensive performance against the University of Dubuque, the Knights (3-1) got off to a hot start in the opener of their two-game West Coast road trip. Carleton starting the game on a 7-0 run against the Beavers. Jensen got things going early for the Knights as she scored five points and collected six boards in the opening period.

Caltech (2-1) dug out of the hole, however, and built a 19-14 lead early in the second quarter. The Knights were behind all of the second quarter and still trailed 29-24 at halftime.

Still facing a five-point deficit at the 7:35 mark of the third period, Carleton put together a 13-3 game-changing run including back-to-back 3-pointers for Jill Yanai (Fy./Glendale, Calif./Glendale). The rookie guard put together a 10-point, four-assist night.

Carleton was red hot in the period, shooting 61 percent from the field, including 7-of-10 from beyond the arc. Anna Hughes (So./Glenview, Ill./New Trier) played a big part in this success from long range, as she started the stanza 4-for-4 from three-point land.

After scoring 30 points in the third quarter, the Knights started the final period leading 54-49 and never looked back. Nia Harris (So./Burnsville, Minn./The Blake School) scored seven of her nine points in the fourth quarter, and Cece Leone (Sr./Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton) continued her strong start to the season, collecting six of her team-best 11 rebounds in the final 10 minutes of action. Leone added seven points and five assists to her stat line.

Samantha Cooke (Jr./Chesterfield, Mo./Incarnate Word Academy) chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds as she teamed with fellow reserves Harris and Yanai to outscore the Beaver bench, 28-3, on the evening.

Carleton also excelled at taking care of the basketball, committing only five turnovers as a team, which is easily the fewest for the Knights since at least the 2006-07 campaign. It is also tied for fewest turnovers by a NCAA Division III women’s team this season.

The Knights put their two-game win streak on the line when they take on tournament hosts, UC-Santa Cruz, on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m. PST/6 p.m. CST. A link to live video will be available at Knights Online.