Defense Leads MLC to Win over Vikings in UMAC Opener
NEW ULM, Minn. – The MLC women’s basketball used a stingy defense to beat Bethany Lutheran 64-54 Tuesday night in the opening game of the UMAC season.
The Knights struggled offensively at times, shooting 31.3 percent from the field for the game and going 0-11 from beyond the three-point arc, but made up for it by holding Bethany to just 24.3 percent shooting for the game and forcing 14 turnovers.
MLC also had a big night at the free throw line, going 22-26 from the charity stripe.
The first half was a defensive struggle, with neither team shooting above 25 percent as the Vikings took a 23-20 halftime lead.
The MLC offense got going in the second half, as the Knights shot 43.8 percent after the break, and went 16-19 from the free throw line to help seal the win late.
Erica Babinec led the Knights with 18 points despite struggling from the floor due to a 10-10 night on free throws. Babinec also played a strong all-around game, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out four assists without a turnover. Brittney Gossen added 11 poitns and nine rebounds.
Emily Boldt was a force down low for the Knights, blocking six shots and helping to hold BLC’s leading scorer Jessica Englund to 6-23 shooting for the game.
With the win, MLC improved to 6-5 overall and 1-0 in the UMAC season, while BLC dropped to 1-11 on the season and 0-1 in conference play.
MLC will return to action on Friday, January 13, when they face Northland in a game scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.