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Result: L 78-86

Women's Basketball at Macalester College

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 – 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul, Minn. - Leonard Center

Fourth quarter comeback falls short at Macalester

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

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Four Knights scored in double figures, including a career-best 22-point performance from Annabella Jensen (Fy./Salt Lake City, Utah/Hillcrest), but the Carleton College women’s basketball team lost a heartbreaker on the road 86-78 to the Macalester College Scots.

Carleton (3-19, 0-15 MIAC) was missing its leading scorer, senior captain Cece Leone (Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton), who was out of state for a grad school interview. Despite this challenge, the Knights still recorded their second-highest scoring output this season.

A back-and-forth first half of action saw Macalester (5-17, 3-12 MIAC) take a 42-34 advantage heading into intermission. Leading the way in the first half for Carleton was junior Samantha Cooke (Chesterfield, Mo./Incarnate Word Academy) who poured in 11 of her 16 points before halftime. Cooke would finish the evening with five rebounds and a block to go along with her double-digit scoring effort.

Macalester maintained a double-digit lead for much of the third quarter and enter the game’s final period with a 61-49 advantage.

Carleton faced a 75-59 deficit with 3:31 left to play, the Knights then went on a 13-2 run over the next 2:30 to pull within 77-72 with 1:05 still to play. However, the Scots went 9-of-10 at the free throw line down the stretch to hold on for the victory in the two teams’ only meeting this season.

Jensen contributed 16 of her team-best 22 points in the second half and tacked on eight rebounds, an assist, and a steal to the stat sheet. Both Jill Yanai (Fy./Glendale, Calif./Glendale) and Anna Hughes (So./Glenview, Ill./New Trier) contributed 11 points apiece. Yanai chipped in seven rebounds, three assists, a block, and a steal. Meanwhile, Hughes added three assists, two rebounds, and two blocks on the game.

Macalester was led by sophomore guard, Justine Barraza, who scored a game-best 23 points. Classmate Katheine Podoll chipped in with 14 points.

Carleton will host a Senior Day doubleheader versus Hamline University on Saturday, Feb. 9 with the women set to take the floor at 1 p.m. followed by the men’s game. Live video and stats for both games will be available on Knights Online.