Kirsten Michael's Buzzer-Beater Tops UMM
MORRIS, Minn. - The MLC women's basketball team snapped a 29-game conference winning streak by Minnesota, Morris when Kirsten Michael knocked down a 17-footer as time expired to give the Knights a 75-73 win Saturday.
Michael, who was 1-4 in the game prior that shot, broke a 73-73 tie with her jumper from the wing off a pass from Erica Babinec.
The Cougars controlled the game in the first half, scoring the first five points and taking a 15-point lead at 30-15 with just under seven to play in the half before the Knights cut the deficit to 38-27 at halftime.
MLC chipped away at the lead with the help of hot shooting from Hannah Hackbarth, who scored 15 of her career-high 23 points in the second stanza, and gave the Knights their first lead of the game at 64-61 on a three-pointer with 6:49 to play.
The Cougars came back to take a late lead, but the Knights refused to fold, with Hackbarth hitting a jumper to give MLC another lead with 14 seconds to play.
After two UMM free throws tied the game with nine seconds to play in regulation, Babinec raced up the court down the right side, drawing defenders and setting up Michael's shot at the buzzer.
Five Knights finished in double figures, with Hackbarth's game-high 23 on 7-13 shooting leading the way. Babinec added 15 points, while Amanda Burk finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Brittney Gossen and Alex Anthon each had ten for MLC.
With the win, MLC improved to 10-5 overall and 5-0 in conference, while UMM dropped to 7-7 on the season and 4-1 in league play. MLC now sits alone in first place as the lone unbeaten in the UMAC.
MLC will return to action on Tuesday, January 24, when they travel to North Central for a 5:30 p.m. game.