MLC Women Ride Defense to Win over Saints
NEW ULM, Minn. - The Martin Luther College women's basketball team used a ferocious defensive effort to defeat first-place St. Scholastica by the score of 58-52 Saturday afternoon.
The Knights held CSS to 35.0 percent shooting from the field, and also forced 27 turnovers that led to 26 MLC points on the other end.
The first half was rough for both offenses, with the Saints taking a 25-22 lead into the half in spite of 32.1 percent shooting and 17 turnovers.
MLC came out of the gates hot to start the second half, running off nine straight points to take a 31-25 lead with 17:10 to play.
CSS came back to take the lead, starting a string of lead changes (11 total in the second half) going back and forth until the Knights took the lead for good at 48:46 with 6:32 to play in the game on a three-pointer from Mariah Schoof.
The Knights started slow from the free throw line, but made their last five to help hold off the Saints down the stretch.
Brittney Gossen finished as the game's high scorer with 15 points, with 13 of those coming in the second half after she battled foul trouble throughout the first half.
Alex Anthon and Schoof each finished with 11 points for the Knights, while Leah Nass grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
MLC improved to 11-9 on the season and 8-2 in the UMAC, while CSS fell to 13-8 overall and 8-2 in league play. The two teams are now tied for second place in the UMAC standings, one game behind Minnesota-Morris.
The Knights will return to action on Tuesday, February 11, when they host UW-River Falls in a game scheduled to start at 7 p.m.