Babinec’s Big Day Not Enough
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC women’s basketball team was unable to take advantage of a big night offensively from junior Erica Babinec in a 52-49 loss to Northland Saturday.
Babinec finished with 33 points for the game, shooting 13-24 from the field and 6-6 from the free throw line. She also added six rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Unfortunately, none of the other players for MLC was able to get things going offensively, as the team shot 38.8 percent (19-49) from the field.
Both teams struggled in the first half, as Northland took a 23-19 halftime lead by holding the Knights to just 7-24 shooting in the half. Babinec kept MLC close, scoring 15 on 6-11 shooting.
Babinec helped the Knights start the second half strongly, scoring 16 of the MLC's first 20 points in the half, giving her 31 of the team's first 39 points to give the Knights a 39-34 lead with 8:32 to play.
Amanda Gardner helped push the Knights ahead by four once again with 3:47 to play at 49-45, but the Lumberjills held the Knights scoreless down the stretch, scoring seven unanswered points to win the game by three.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 8-13 on the season, and 6-6 in the UMAC, while Northland improved to 13-10 overall and 7-5 in league play.
MLC will return to action Tuesday (February 15), when it travels to North Central for a double header of men's and women's basketball starting at 5:30 p.m.