Northfield, Minn. – The Gustavus Adolphus women’s basketball team earned its season-best fifth straight victory on Saturday with a 67-52 win over Carleton College at West Gym. Sophomore post Karina Schroeder (Lake Crystal, Minn.) took advantage of Carleton on the blocks early and often, scoring a game-high 23 points and bringing down a game-high 14 rebounds (8 defensive).
The Gusties have now won seven of their past eight games and will enter next week with an overall record of 13-8 and an MIAC mark of 10-8. Carleton drops to 5-16 overall and 3-15 in the MIAC with the loss.
After Gustavus jumped out to a 9-3 lead on a Karina Schroeder layup at the 14:12 mark of the first half, Carleton battled back to tie the game at 11-11 with 11:49 left. With the scored knotted at 13-13 with 10:33 remaining, the Gusties used a 12-0 scoring-run to go up 25-13 with 5:45 on the clock.
Carleton came as close 10 points in the remaining minutes of the half, but Gustavus went to the locker room leading 34-22.
The Gusties scored 20 of their first half points in the paint with 11 of them coming from Schroeder. Julia Dysthe (Sr. White Bear Lake, Minn.) scored nine, while Britta Rinke (Sr., Waconia, Minn.) added eight in the half.
Gustavus didn’t let off the gas pedal and pushed its lead to 21 points (48-27) by the 16:27 mark. The Gusties led by as many as 24 points with 11:14 left in the game. The Knights finished the half on a 12-4 run to bring the score to a final at 67-52.
The Black and Gold shot over 40-percent from the field in both the first and second half for a 44.6-percent (25-56) shooting mark in the game. Carleton was held to 30-percent (15-50) shooting from the field, 21.1-percent (4-19) from three, and 78.3-percent (18-23) from the free throw line.
Karina Schroeder’s double-double this afternoon was her seventh of the season. She finished 6-for-8 from the field and a perfect 11-for-11 at the charity stripe – her best free throw shooting performance of the season. As a team, Gustavus went 16-for-19 (84.2%) at the line.
Julia Dysthe finished with 13 points after going 6-for-13 from the field. Britta Rinke also ended up in double-digits with 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
Carleton’s scoring effort was led by Michele Arima and Jenny Ramey who scored 18 and 17 points, respectively. Arima went 5-for-15 from the field, 3-for-8 from three, and 5-for-6 at the line, while Ramey finished 4-for-10 from the field, 1-for-3 from three, and 8-for-8 at the line.
The Gustavus women’s basketball team will put its five-game winning-streak on the line Wednesday, Feb. 12 when it hosts Bethel University on Gus Young Court at 7:30 p.m.