Defense Leads Knights to Win
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC women's basketball team used a strong defensive performance to beat Northland 57-47 Saturday.
The Knights forced 26 turnovers and held the Lumberjills to 29.2 percent shooting for the game. MLC turned the ball over just nine times, helping it overcome a 35.7 percent shooting performance of its own.
After a low-scoring first half, the Knights held a 25-21 lead at the break, but started to open things up in the second half. The Knights shot 14-30 from the field (46.7 percent) as they built the lead as high as 13 points before finishing with the ten-point win.
MLC took advantage of Northland miscues all game, outscoring the Lumberjills 21-2 in points off turnovers. The Knights also dominated in the paint, outscoring Northland 32-8.
Brittney Gossen was the leading scorer for MLC with 14 points, while Hannah Hackbarth added 11 points. Leah Nass came off the bench with 11 points as well, helping MLC's bench outscore Northland 15-0 in the game.
With the win, MLC improved to 5-11 overall and 3-2 in the UMAC, while Northland dropped to 3-9 on the season and 2-3 in UMAC play.
The Knights will return to action on Friday, January 25, when they host Minnesota-Morris for a game scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.