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Result: L 57-78

Women's Basketball vs. Saint Mary's University (MN)

Saturday, December 1st, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - West Gym

Knights drop MIAC opener to Saint Mary’s

By Annika Martensson ’19
Cece Leone
Cece Leone
Photo: Phoebe Smith '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Cece Leone (Sr./Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton) earned her seventh career double-double, but even a 15-point, 11-rebound, 3-assist performance from the veteran would not be enough as the Carleton College women’s basketball team dropped its MIAC-opener, 78-57, to visiting Saint Mary’s University.

“We did not come out focused or ready to play this afternoon, and it showed on the defensive end in particular,” said Carleton head coach Cassie Kosiba. “We were slow to get back in transition and were constantly reacting, rather than anticipating which resulted in easy baskets and second-chance shots for Saint Mary’s.”

The first quarter started off well for the Knights (3-4, 0-1 MIAC) as both teams traded baskets over the opening ten minutes. Leone got off to another hot start, scoring six points and corralling four rebounds in the first quarter alone. Samantha Cooke (Jr./Chesterfield, Mo./Incarnate Word Academy) contributed four of her 10 total-points in the opening quarter, which drew to a close with Saint Mary’s (4-2, 1-0 MIAC) holding a slim 15-14 advantage.

Both teams struggled to hit their shots from the field in the second quarter, but the Cardinals were able to take an eight-point lead heading into the intermission thanks to a 6-of-8 performance from the charity stripe and a plus-five rebounding margin. 

Carleton guard Jill Yanai (Fy./Glendale, Calif./Glendale) scored five points and nabbed three boards in the third quarter en route to her second career double-digit scoring game.

However, an 11-point third quarter from Saint Mary’s Brooklyn Paulson, including a trio of 3-pointers, helped extend the visitors lead to 59-44 entering the final period of play. The Cardinals never looked back in claiming their first MIAC road win of the season.

In addition to the three Knights that scored in double figures, Nia Harris (So./Burnsville, Minn./The Blake School) added eight points, six rebounds and one assist for Carleton.

Paulson finished with a game-high 20 points, including 16 in the second half.

Maggie Robertson added a double-double for Saint Mary’s as she accounted for 19 points and 11 rebounds. Jada Biermeier added 10 points off the bench.

Carleton will make the short trek across town to take on cross-town rival, St. Olaf College on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6:00 p.m. Links to the live stream and stats will be available via Knights Online.