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Women’s Basketball: Macalester Outlasts Carleton, 55-50

College of Saint Benedict

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Macalester women’s basketball team hosted Carleton for a MIAC matchup. It was a tense final quarter, but the Scots were able to outlast the Knights, 55-50. Macalester improves to 6-17 (5-15 MIAC).

After going back-and-forth for the first few points of the game, junior guard Caitlin Panos (North Andover, Mass./Andover) sank an important three-pointer that started a 7-0 run for the Scots to take a 9-3 lead with 5:28 left in the quarter. First year Ellie Corbett (Austin, Texas/James Bowie) knocked in a basket, and sophomore guard/forward Katherine Norquist (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton College Prep) sank a free throw to lead 12-8 after 10 minutes.

Sophomore guard/forward Peyton Starks (St. Louis, Mo./John Burroughs School) and senior guard Solana Cushing (Minneapolis, Minn./South) hit back-to-back-to-back threes for a 21-10 lead to start off the second quarter. Starks completed an and-one and Cushing’s late three-pointer gave the Scots a 27-21 lead at halftime.

Macalester started the third with an 11-0 run. Starks put up six, while Cushing added another three, and Panos sank a basket. The Knights would gain eight points back before junior guard Andrea Palmen (Kenosha, Wis./The Prairie School) knocked in a three of her own to lead 41-29 with 3:23 on the clock. Starks hit two free throws to keep a seven-point lead, 43-35 heading into the final quarter.

The final 10 minutes were a battle. The Knights went on a 10-3 run to get within one, 46-45, with 4:41 on the clock. Norquist answered with an important layup, but…

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