Defense Leads MLC Women to Win
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC women's basketball team closed the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 55-43 win over Iowa Wesleyan Monday night.
Defense led the way for the Knights, as they held the Tigers to 30.4 percent shooting from the field, 14.3 percent shooting from beyond the three-point arc, and forced 20 turnovers.
Offensively, MLC shot 37.0 percent from the field, but went 6-17 from beyond the three-point arc compared to 2-14 for Iowa Wesleyan.
MLC took a 10-2 lead to start the game and never gave up the lead the rest of the game. The Knights took a 28-22 lead into the half, and held on in the second half after the Tigers made a run.
Alex Anthon had a big performance for the Knights in the second half despite playing with foul trouble much of the way. Anthon scored eight of her ten points in the second stanza, and scored seven consecutive points to start an 11-0 run with 3:30 to play in the game after Iowa Wesleyan had cut the MLC lead to 43-40.
Four MLC players finished in double figures, with Anthon leading the way with 13 points. Hannah Hackbarth scored 11 (nine coming in the first half to help the Knights build the lead), while Hannah Rothe and Brittney Gossen each added ten points. Rothe also grabbed ten rebounds to collect her first double-double of the season. Rebecca Engelbrecht finished with a game-high 11 rebounds, helping the Knights win the rebounding battle 48-31 for the game.
With the win, MLC improved to 2-9 on the season, while Iowa Wesleyan dropped to 3-11.
MLC will return to action on January 8 when it travels to Bethany Lutheran for the conference opener. The game is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.