Free's Three-Point Barrage Not Enough
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC women were unable to take advantage of a tremendous shooting display from sophomore guard Sarah Free (Plover, Wis./LPS) in an 81-78 loss to St. Scholastica Saturday.
Free scored a career high 32 points on the night, and finished the game 12-13 from the floor, including 7-8 from the behind the three-point line. The seven made three-pointers ties a school record previously set by Rachel Oblinger in 1997. Free's made each of her first 11 attempts from the field (including six three-pointers) before her 12th attempt was blocked.
Both teams shot very well from beyond the arc, as the Saints finished the game 12-20 from downtown, while MLC was 9-16.
The Saints led by three points at the half at 42-39, and then led the entire rest of the way in the second stanza, although the Knights hung around throughout the game.
After trailing by double figures on two occasions early in the second half, MLC cut the deficit to one point with 16 seconds to play after a runner by Erica Babinec (Onalaska, Wis./Luther), but she was unable to complete the three-point play.
Two free throws by Katie Kimm of the Saints pushed the CSS lead to three, giving the Knights one last possession with six seconds remaining, but they were unable to get off a final shot before the buzzer.
Babinec proved an efficient sidekick to Free on the day, scoring 21 points on 7-12 shooting, and also adding seven rebounds and five assists. Katherine Kogler (Fallbrook, Calif./CLHS) added 12 points and 11 rebounds for MLC, while Kadie Drake (Adrian, Mich./Madison HS) came off the bench and dished out four assists.
With the loss, MLC finished the regular season at 10-14 overall and 6-8 in the UMAC, while St. Scholastica improved to 12-13 on the year and 7-7 in conference play.[BOX SCORE]