NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Michele Arima (Fy./Valencia, Calif./West Ranch) came off the bench to score a career-best 11 points, but the Carleton College women’s basketball team was not able to stay with No. 4-ranked University of St. Thomas, falling 75-64. Jenny Ramey (Jr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) scored a season-high 16 points to pace the Knights (2-7, 2-4 MIAC), who also received an 11-point effort from Gabbi Stienstra (Fy./St. Paul, Minn./Minnehaha).
“Overall, I was pleased with our defensive effort tonight,” said Carleton head coach Cassie Kosiba. “We forced turnovers, got deflections and disrupted their offense. Where we struggled, however, was with our ball control and offensive rebounds. It was in those areas that we must continue to improve in order to better finish off games.”
Carleton forced 21 turnovers, but committed 24 of its own. The Tommies (8-1, 6-0 MIAC) won their eighth consecutive game thanks largely to 18 offensive rebounds that led to a 17-6 advantage in second-chance points.
The 64 points scored by the Knights were the most against St. Thomas by a conference team this season. Only one other MIAC squad had tallied as many as 50 points against the Tommies.
A Ramey three-pointer gave the Knights a 9-6 lead less than five minutes into the contest. St. Thomas (8-1, 6-0 MIAC) countered with a 17-4 run spanning the next six minutes, and Carleton spent much of the remaining game facing a double-digit deficit.
Kelly Brandenburg finished with a double-double to lead the visitors, tallying 18 points and 10 rebounds. Carley Emery added 15 points and Kellie Ring chipped in an even dozen.
The Knights host Saint Mary’s University for a women’s-women’s doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 5. The early game tips at 1:00 p.m. and Knight Online will once again feature high-definition video of both contests.