The Gustavus Adolphus women’s basketball team saw its season come to an end with a 52-55 loss to Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. Wednesday night. The #2 seed Carleton advances to the MIAC playoff final and will host Concordia College on Saturday. The Gusties end the year with an overall record of 21-6.
The game was nip and tuck early on and the score was tied at 18-18 with 10:34 to play in the first half. Jennifer Klohs grabbed a rebound off of an Angie Peterson miss and put in a lay-up to give the Gusties a 20-18 lead. The Gusties outscored the Knights 21-7 in the last ten minutes of play to build a 14-point lead going into the locker room.
The Gusties were 15-31 from the field and seven-10 from the free-throw line in the first half. Angie Peterson and Jennifer Klohs led the Gusties with 9 points each in the first twenty minutes of play. The Knights were 12-29 from the field and one for two from the free-throw line. Linnea Engel led the Knights with 10 points in the first half.
Carleton used a 13-2 run in the second half to pull within five points of Gustavus. Neither team was able to score a point for the next three minutes as the score stayed 45-40 in favor of the Gusties. Kelly Van Norman broke the scoring drought to put Gustavus up by seven points with 7:53 to play in the contest. The Knights responded with nine unanswered points and took the lead 49-47 with 4:23 to play.
Lacy Skoog grabbed a defensive rebound for Gustavus and found Bri Monahan on the fast break to tie the game at 49-49. Beth Freeman responded with a lay-up and Megan Vig netted two free-throws to give Carleton the lead again. Angie Peterson drained a free-throw to complete a three-point play and pull the Gusties within one point with forty-five seconds left in the game. Katie Freeman dished a pass off to her twin sister Beth Freeman to put Carleton up 55-52 with thirty seconds to play. The Gusties would miss two three-point attempts in the final fifteen seconds to end their hopes of another MIAC final appearance.
Senior Angie Peterson led Gustavus with 14 points. Peterson broke her own school single-season scoring record as she finished the season with 472 points. Senior Jennifer Klohs added nine points and Junior Kristin Kachelmyer netted eight points. Beth Freeman led Carleton with 16 points. Linnea Engel added 14 points for the Knights.