First Half Deficit Too Much to Overcome in Loss to Buena Vista
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC women's basketball team was unable to overcame a large first half deficit in a 77-67 loss to Buena Vista Thursday.
The Knights struggled on both ends in the first half, shooting 23.3 percent from the field offensively and allowing five three-pointers by the Beavers on the defensive end on the way to a 38-20 deficit at the half.
MLC flipped the switch in the second half, forcing 12 turnovers with an aggressive, trapping defense and shooting 48.7 percent from the field to cut into the Buena Vista lead. Hannah Hackbarth had 17 of her team-high 22 points in the second half, shooting 4-6 from beyond the three-point arc and 6-10 overall from the field.
The Knights were able to cut the deficit to single digits on two occasions with under eight minutes to play, but the Beavers made key shots at the right time down the stretch to hold MLC at bay and pick up the win.
Hackbarth finished the game 8-16 from the field and 5-10 from beyond the arc on the way to her season high point total, while Hannah Rothe added 11 points and a team-best eight rebounds. Alex Anthon struggled in the first half shooting, but scored eight points in the second half and also added five assists and four rebounds.
Buena Vista was led by Susan Kies, who scored a game-high 28 points on 9-19 shooting. She also went 6-13 from three-point range, including 4-8 shooting in the second half to keep the Knights at a distance. As a team, Buena Vista finished 11-28 from beyond the arc.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 1-6 on the season, while Buena Vista improved to 5-3 with the win.
MLC will return to action on Saturday, December 8, when it hosts Northwestern (IA). The game starts at 1 p.m.