St. Olaf 73, Carleton 70 (Box)

Ole women rally for win against Carleton

Brent Hollerud
December 3, 2013

NORTHFIELD, Minn. - After trailing early, the St. Olaf women's basketball team surged back to defeat Carleton College 73-70 at Skoglund Center in its MIAC opener behind a 19-point, 13-rebound effort from Elise Raney.

Raney added five assists and two blocks in the win.

St. Olaf (3-1, 1-0 MIAC) trailed 27-12 midway through the first half, but the Oles pieced together an 18-3 run starting late in the first half into the second.

While Carleton held the lead the entire first frame, including a 37-33 advantage at the break, St. Olaf followed suit by controlling the second half, never relinquishing the lead after a jumper by Raney broke a 37-37 stalemate.

Strong performances from Kim Cerjan and Raney helped seal the win for the Oles.

Cerjan notched 21 points and eight rebounds, and was a steady 5-for-6 from the free-throw line, including two key baskets that gave the Oles a 72-70 lead late in the game after Carleton tied things up with nine unanswered points.

Raney registered a double-double, putting back 19 points while gaining 13 rebounds.

Even with St. Olaf's second-half run, the Knights kept within striking distance, never trailing by more than nine. Carleton was led by Skylar Tsutsui's 21 points, including 11 from the free-throw line.

Sheridan Blanford also registered a double-double for St. Olaf, collecting 10 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

The Oles (3-2, 1-0 MIAC) travel to Augsburg on Saturday to tangle with the Auggies. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Minneapolis.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.