ST. PETER, MN - A pair of sisters with roots in Palo Alto County played in the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association's Women's Division III?national Basketball Tournament. Sisters Kelsey and Emily Carpenter, the daughters of Brenda and Jerry Carpenter, former Ruthven resident, played for their respective colleges, Gustavus Adolphus and the University of Wisconsin-Superior in the tournement this past weekend.
Kelsey, a senior member of the Gustavus Adolphus Women's team, traveled to Oshkosh, Wisconsin to take on DePauw University last Friday.
Kelsey, a senior guard, scored a career-high 31 points against St. Olaf earlier in the year and tied a school for three-pointers made in a game with 8 against the Oles. Kelsey, who played in her 107th collegiate game in the tournament matchup with DePauw, averaged 5.5 points per game for Coach Laurie Kelly's Golden Gusties. Kelsey connected on 83 percent of her free throw attempts during the season.
The Golden Gusties entered the game with a 25-2 record and DePauw University (Indiana) was 26-2. Unfortunately, the Golden Gusties would come up short in a 67-57 loss to DePauw to close out their season with a mark of 25-3.
Emily, a freshman on the University of Wisconsin- Superior team, had the daunting task of playing with the Yellowjackets at second-ranked and undefeated University of St. Thomas. UW-Superior had a 23-4 overall record and was the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) regular season and post season tournament champions. The Yellowjackets had won 36 consecutive UMAC games going into the postseason tournament last weekend.
A point guard for Coach Don Mulhern's Yellowjackets, Emily had a career-best 13 points on four 3-point field goals in a game against Saint Scholastica. Emily led the Yellowjackets in three-point field goal percentage at 55 percent (63 percent in conference games) and averaged 5.4 points per game in the UMAC.
However, St. Thomas used their experience to eliminate UW-Superior from the post-season in a 98-56 decision last weekend, ending the Yellowjackets' 2016-17 season with a mark of 24-4.
Jerry Carpenter is a 1979 graduate of Ruthven High School and was a multi-sport athlete at Ruthven High School. Carpenter also served as Sports Editor of the Emmetsburg Reporter and Democrat newspapers. The girls are the granddaughters of the late Richard and Marilyn Carpenter of Ruthven.