Babinec Scores 1,000th Point in Win over BLC
NEW ULM, Minn. – MLC junior Erica Babinec scored her 1,000th career point to help MLC take down rival Bethany by a score of 69-59 Wednesday night.
Babinec battled foul trouble to score a game-high 20 points to give her 1,000 points for her career, making her only the second women’s basketball player ever at MLC to reach the milestone, joining her sister, Emma Babinec.
The MLC defense was the story for much of the game, holding the Vikings to just 34.5 percent shooting, including a 1-8 mark from beyond the three-point arc.
The Knights never trailed, jumping out to a quick 14-6 lead on the way to a 35-31 halftime lead.
Bethany was able to keep the game close for much of the second half, cutting the deficit to two points early in the half, and then back to four points in the final minute after the Knights had built a 13-point lead, but the Knights’ defense carried them through the finish line with the win.
Babinec finished with 20 points on 8-13 shooting from the field, an also added four rebounds and three assists. Sarah Free had 15 points, while Brittney Gossen provided 23 big minutes off the bench, scoring 12 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
With the win, MLC improved to 6-11 overall and 4-4 in the UMAC, while Bethany fell to 8-10 on the season and 4-4 in league action.
MLC will return to action on Friday, February 4, when they travel to Minnesota, Morris for a 5:30 p.m. game.