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Result: L 39-76

Women's Basketball vs. University of St. Thomas

Saturday, January 26th, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - West Gym

Knights defeated by No. 5 St. Thomas

By Annika Martensson '19
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Photo: Nathan Klok

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College women’s basketball team kept things tight in the first half, but the No.5-ranked University of St. Thomas pulled away in the second act to claim a 76-39 victory and remain undefeated in conference play.

The Knights (3-16, 0-12 MIAC) held their own in the beginning and trailed the Tommies (18-1, 12-0 MIAC) just 23-21 with 6:45 left to play in the second quarter.

But from there on, St. Thomas showed why it has been ranked among the top-10 in the nation by D3hoops.com since the preseason, closing the first half on a 17-4 run to take a commanding 40-25 lead by halftime. The Tommie full-court pressure wore down the Knights, who committed 15 turnovers in the second half, leading to UST’s 21-1 edge in points off turnovers after intermission.

Nia Harris (So./Burnsville, Minn./The Blake School) led the way for Carleton offensively, as she finished with 11 points while adding on two rebounds and an assist. Meanwhile, Cece Leone (Sr./Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton) was the only other Knight in double-figures with 10 points. Leone filled up the stat sheet, contributing eight rebounds, three blocks, two assists, and a steal on the game. Samantha Cooke (Jr./Chesterfield, Mo./Incarnate Word Academy) added eight points and three boards.

Lucia Renikoff and Brynne Rolland led the way for the Tommies offensively as the duo finished with 13 points apiece, with the former reaching the 1,000-point milestone for her career. Meanwhile Kaia Porter contributed 11 points as well as nine boards, three assists, two steals, and a block.  

St. Thomas outshot Carleton from the field 44 percent to 27 percent. However, both teams shot 33 percent from beyond the arc, and the Knights even held an advantage from the free-throw line, hitting 68 percent (13-of-19) of their attempts compared to just 55 percent (11-of-20) for the Tommies.

Carleton will now hit the road to take on Augsburg University on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. Links to live video and stats will be available via Knights Online.