Knights Survive Second Half Scare
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC women's basketball team built a 19-point halftime lead, and then survived a big second half run to beat St. Scholastica 73-62 Friday night.
The Knights's dominated the first half defensively, allowing the Saints to shoot just 26.7 percent from the floor and forcing 17 turnovers. Offensively, MLC shot 58.6 percent from the field in the first half, led by 11 points from Sarah Free.
In the second half, the Saints got back into the game with a several runs, the biggest being a 12-0 run starting at the 12:47 mark of the second half that cut a 56-42 MLC lead to just two points at 56-54 with 7:07 to play.
MLC responded well to the run, rattling off a 7-2 run to create space down the stretch, with the defense holding the Saints to just three field goals in the final seven minutes.
Erica Babinec finished with a team-best 24 points for the Knights, and also added six assists and six rebounds. Free finished with 15 points, while Kadie Drake added ten points. Emily Boldt led the MLC defensive effort down low, blocking four shots to go along with her seven points, six rebounds and five assists.
Bri Allen and Kelly Cinquegrani helped the Saints hang around in the second half, and combined for 44 points and 25 rebounds, with Allen finishing with a game high in both categories with 27 points and 15 rebounds. For the game, CSS outrebounded MLC 55-34, including a 30-11 edge on the offensive glass.
With the win, MLC improved to 8-12 on the season, and 6-5 in the UMAC, while St. Scholastica dropped to 8-14 overall and 5-6 in league play.
MLC will return to action tomorrow (Friday, February 12), when it hosts Northland in a double header of men's and women's basketball starting at 3 p.m.