MLC Women Take Care of Business at NCU
MINNEAPOLIS - The Martin Luther College women's basketball team led for the final 38 minutes of a 78-65 win at North Central University Friday night.
The Knights took control early, turning a 5-4 deficit two minutes into the game into a 21-7 lead thanks to a 17-2 run that spanned 4:45. Alex Anthon paced MLC during that stretch with 11 points, and made three consecutive three-point field goals on the way to 15 first half points.
Leading 44-35 at halftime, the Knights built their lead as high as 17 in the second half, and never allowed the Rams to get closer than eight points the rest of the way.
MLC finished the game shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Anthon made three of her four attempts from beyond the arc, while Hannah Hackbarth made two of her three attempts.
The Rams finished the game shooting 43.4 percent from the field, but the Knights did a great job of holding them to one shot all night. NCU finished with only three offensive rebounds, while MLC collected 16 offensive rebounds on the other end.
Anthon finished with a team-high 21 points on just nine shots from the field, while Leah Nass finished with 12 points and a game-high ten rebounds. Hackbarth and Erin Schmeling scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, with Hackbarth's total helping the Knights' bench outscore the Rams' bench 21-7.
MLC improved to 12-10 on the season and 9-2 in the UMAC, while NCU fell to 7-12 overall and 3-8 in league play in defeat.
The Knights will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, February 15) when they travel to Northwestern for a 3 p.m. contest. The two teams are currently separated by one game in the UMAC standings, and are both battling for a potential home game in the opening round of the UMAC Postseason Tournament.