MLC Women Advance to Championship Game
ST. PAUL - The MLC women's basketball team advanced to the UMAC Postseason Tournament Championship Game with a 78-72 win at Northwestern Wednesday night.
MLC won the game on the strength of its defense and ability to score inside the paint, holding NWC to 37.7 percent shooting from the field, and outscoring the Eagles 42-16 inside the paint.
NWC used the three-point shot to stay in the game. The Eagles shot 15-38 from beyond the arc in the game, and were able to hold a 35-34 lead on the strength of nine first half three-pointers.
After weathering that first half storm, MLC took control at the start of the second half, scoring eight straight points, and taking a ten-point lead at 49-39 six minutes into the half following a 15-4 run.
Northwestern was able to cut the MLC lead to two at 51-49, but the Knights would not allow the Eagles to get any closer, building the lead as high as 14 in the final minutes before withstanding one final NWC push down the stretch.
Hannah Hackbarth was the Knights' top scorer, shooting 8-12 from the field and 4-6 from beyond the three-point arc on the way to 21 points. Leah Nass also had a big game, scoring 20 points and grabbing seven rebounds, while Alex Anthon added 16 points (13 in the second half), six rebounds and four assists.
MLC shot the ball well for most of the game, making 50.8 percent of its shots from the field and 55.6 percent (5-9) from beyond the arc.
With the win, MLC improved to 12-14 on the season, and advanced to the championship game of the UMAC Postseason Tournament. Northwestern dropped to 16-10 on the season with the loss.
The Knights will now host fourth-seeded St. Scholastica in the championship game Saturday night at 7 p.m.