Free Breaks Three-Point Record in Loss
NEW ULM, Minn. - MLC junior guard Sarah Free broke the school record for three-pointers in a career in MLC's 67-59 loss in the regular season finale to Northwestern Saturday.
Free came into the day needing one to tie the record, and finished with three makes from beyond the arc to break the previous mark of 125 by Emma Babinec.
The Knights hung around in the first half despite the Eagles shooting 54.5 percent from the field compared to MLC's 37.9 percent, as NWC took a 31-30 lead into the break.
NWC broke the game open with an 11-2 run in the middle of the second half, taking a 12-point lead. MLC was able to cut the deficit to six in the final minute, but the Knights were unable to complete any comeback attempt.
The Knights outscored the Eagles by 15 points at the three-point line, making seven threes compared to two for NWC, but the Eagles got to the foul line more often and made the Knights pay, going 19-25 from the charity striped compared to MLC's 6-10.
Free finished with a team-best 17 points, while Erica Babinec scored 16 points and added eight assists and seven rebounds.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 10-14 for the season and 7-7 in the UMAC, while Northwestern improved to 15-10 overall and 11-3 in conference play.
MLC will travel to Minn.-Morris on Wednesday, February for the first round of the UMAC Postseason Tournament. The game is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.