Knights Upset Lumberjills
NEW ULM, Minn. - The women's basketball team rode a great defensive effort to knock off UMAC-leading Northland by the score of 57-48 Friday night to pick up a much needed conference win.
MLC held the Lumberjills to 30.9 percent shooting for the game, and took control of the game in the first half, when Northland shot just 24 percent from the floor on 6-25 shooting, leading to a 26-18 lead.
Northland cut the deficit to one point at 40-39 with 7:17 to play in the second half, but the Knights came back with 10-2 run to push the lead back up to nine and keep the Lumberjills at bay the rest of the way.
The Knights received a big offensive performance from senior Katherine Kogler (Fallbrook, Calif./CLHS), who finished with a game-high 20 points, and also had eight rebounds. Kogler finished with the night 9-16 from the floor.
Erica Babinec (Onalaska, Wis./Luther) provided a strong secondary option on the offensive end and ended the night with 19 points, and finished the game 10-11 from the charity stripe. She also had seven rebounds and two blocks.
With the win, MLC improved to 10-13 on the season and 6-7 in the UMAC, while Northland dropped to 17-7 overall and 11-2 in league play.
MLC will return to action on Saturday, February 20, when it hosts St. Scholastica for a 3 p.m. game.[BOX SCORE]