Tsutsui leads Carleton past cold-shooting Ole women
February 4, 2013
NORTHFIELD, Minn.- Skylar Tsutsui scored a game-high 18 points to lead Carleton to a 66-47 MIAC victory over the St. Olaf women's basketball team on Monday evening at West Gym.
Tsutsui went 5-for-12 from the field and made all four of her free throws for Carleton (5-16, 3-13 MIAC). She also shot 4-for-9 from behind the arc. St. Olaf (11-10, 9-9 MIAC) shot just 26.7 percent from the floor in the loss.
Mackenzie Wolter led the Oles with 15 points, eight rebounds, and four steals. Kim Cerjan was the only other St. Olaf player in double figures with 10 points on 3-for-12 shooting. Elise Raney nearly had a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds. Raney also had four blocks.
Outside of the first four minutes of the game, Carleton led throughout. After an early Ole lead, Carleton took control to claim a 20-8 advantage at the 8:10 mark of the first half. Jessa Youso had back-to-back baskets as past of her 10 point night to cap the 18-3 Knights run.
St. Olaf responded with 12 straight points of their own. Cerjan and Nikki Frogner hit back-to-back threes to get the Oles back in the game. Cerjan had five points during the run before Carleton scored the last eight points, five of which were scored by Tsutsui, of the half to go in with a 28-20 lead.
Tsutsui opened the second half scoring with a three to extend the Carleton lead and St. Olaf could not get within nine the rest of the way. The Knights led by as many as 19, which was also the final differential.
The Oles shot 26.9 percent in the opening half and 26.5 percent in the second half as they struggled to find a consistent source of offense. St. Olaf was 5-for-21 from behind the arc and committed 17 turnovers in the game.
Meanwhile, Carleton shot 41.5 percent from the floor, including 47.6 percent in the second half as they ran away with the game. The Knights had 15 steals in the contest as Tsutsui, Jenny Ramey, and Emma Purfeerst each had three. Carleton also shot 9-for-25 (36.0%) on threes.
St. Olaf returns to the court on Wednesday with a trip to St. Paul to face Hamline. The MIAC contest is scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 pm. The Oles edged Hamline 73-71 at the Skoglund Center on January 9.