Knights Lose Defensive Stuggle at Northland
ASHLAND, Wis. - The MLC women's basketball team was unable to take advantage of a terrific defensive performance in a 45-43 loss at Northland Saturday evening.
Both teams played terrific defensively throughout, as the Knights held the Lumberjills to 27.3 percent shooting for the game, while MLC was held to 36.5 percent shooting.
The Knights took a three-point halftime lead after holding Northland to just 22.3 percent shooting from the floor, while shooting 40 percent on the offensive end. MLC was able to keep Northland on the perimeter for much of the game. The Lumberjills took 26 shots from beyond the three-point arc, making four.
The second half started with a big run from each team, as the Knights took a quick 11-point lead with a 10-2 run coming out of the half, but Northland answered with a 14-0 run to take a three-point lead with 8:35 to play.
With both teams still struggling from the field, Northland help make up the difference at the foul line, outscoring MLC 6-0 from the charity stripe after the half and 11-4 for the game in order to keep things close.
Sarah Free (Plover, Wis./LPS) broke open a 41-41 tie with 1:28 remaining on a jump shot to put the Knights up two points, but the lead would not last, as the Lumberjills' Lindsey Hamm hit two free throws in the final minute to tie the score, and then hit a jump shot in the final seconds to give Northland the lead and the win.
MLC was led on the offensive end by Katherine Kogler (Fallbrook, Calif./CLHS), who scored 13 points. Free added nine points, while Emily Boldt (Mukwonago, Wis./LPS) came off the bench with eight points, seven rebounds and five blocks.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 4-11 overall and 2-5 in UMAC play, while Northland improved to 11-5 on the season and 7-0 in the conference.
MLC will return to action on Thursday, January 28, when it travels to North Central for a 5:30 p.m. game.[BOX SCORE]