ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Skylar Tsutsui (Jr./Northridge, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) scored 20 points and Michele Arima (So./Valencia, Calif./West Ranch) added 16 points off the bench as the Carleton College women’s basketball cruised to an 80-53 triumph over St. Catherine University. Tsutsui and Arima each drained a quartet of shots from beyond the arc as the Carleton College women’s basketball team tied the school record with 13 three-pointers.
“I was very happy with our offensive efficiency tonight,” said Carleton head coach Cassie Kosiba. “We had a good balance of scoring on the perimeter, in the lane and among our players.”
The Knights (3-2, 2-1 MIC) had five players finish in double figures and never trailed. Carleton used a 22-5 run spanning parts of both halves to pull away for their second straight triumph. Tsutsui scored 13 points during that spurt, including a trio of three pointers.
Carleton led 32-26 with a little over two minutes remaining in the first half, then closed the period with a 10-1 run, including back-to-back triples by Tsutui. She tallied the Knights’ first points of the second period with another three pointer as the visitors opened the stanza with a 12-4 run lasting more than seven minutes.
Arima drained a three pointer on the Knights’ final shot of the contest, matching the team record originally set on Jan. 16, 2013 against St. Catherine. That mark was equaled in the Knights’ season-opening win at Colorado College. Tonight Carleton went 13-of-32 from long range (41 percent), their best percentage of the season.
Claire Thallon (Fy./Eugene, Ore./South Eugene), Gabbi Stienstra (So./St. Paul, Minn./Minnehaha), and Jenny Ramey (Sr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) added 14, 12, and 11 points respectively as each made at least one three pointer to help Carleton win its sixth straight in the series.
Gabby Zehrer was the lone Wildcat in double figures, tallying 20 points.
“We are focused one game at a time and are always thankful to come away with a win on the road,” said Kosiba.
The Knights turn their attention to a home game against conference co-leader Bethel University on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Live video of the 7:30 p.m. contest will be available via Knights Online.