The Gustavus women’s basketball team suffered its first conference defeat Monday night falling to Carleton 62-41. Senior post Kristin Kachelmyer recorded ten points and ten rebounds to lead the Gusties. Carleton was led by senior guard Kristi Colbenson who paced the team with 15 points and junior forward Megan Vig who recorded 12 points and 12 rebounds. With the loss, Gustavus falls to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the MIAC, while Carleton improves its overall record to 6-3 and stays undefeated in conference play through six games.
The Gusties held a slight lead late in the first half, but a 7-2 burst from Carleton gave the Cobbers a four point advantage going into halftime. Carleton shot over 60% from the field in the second half while holding Gustavus to only six field goals (6-25, 24.0%), including only two in the final nine minutes. Carleton shot 51.9% (27-52) in the game while holding Gustavus to 31.9% (15-47) accuracy. The Gusties also struggled on the glass, gathering only 28 rebounds to the Cobbers’ 40. The last time Gustavus was held to 41 points in a conference match was in 1988 in a 41-57 loss to St. Benedict.
The Gusties will try to get back on the winning track with a match-up against St. Mary’s on Wednesday in Winona. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.