MLC Women Roll Past Storm
ST. BONIFACIUS, Minn. - The Martin Luther College women's basketball team turned in a dominant performance on the way to a 97-57 win at Crown College Saturday.
Balance was the key for the Knights, as four players scored in double figures and 11 of the 12 players who saw action in the game scored at least two points.
MLC finished the game shooting 51.3 percent from the field, and rebounded more than 50 percent of their misses in the game on the way to a 37-9 advantage in second-chance points. MLC also outscored the Storm 50-12 in the paint for the game, and held Crown to 29.7 percent shooting from the field.
The Knights came out of the gates strong, building a 33-21 lead in the first 13 minutes of play, and then put the Storm away with a 17-0 run over the next five minutes on the way to a 54-27 halftime lead.
MLC would continue to build its lead as high as 46 in the second half as it cruised to the 40-point win.
Alyssa Maertz finished as the leading scorer for the Knights with a career-best 18 points off the bench. Maertz finished 8-13 from the field and also added four assists.
First-year forward Mariah Schoof joined her in double figures off the bench with 15 points, while Leah Nass and Brittney Gossen paced the starters with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
MLC improved to 8-9 on the season and 5-2 in the UMAC with the win, while Crown fell to 1-15 overall and 0-7 in league play in defeat.
The Knights will return to action on Tuesday, February 4, when they travel to Bethany Lutheran for a game scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.