MLC Women Unable to Overcome Early Deficit in Loss at UMM
MORRIS, Minn. - The Martin Luther College women's basketball team fell by the score of 79-62 at Minnesota Morris Friday night in a battle of teams tied for first place in the UMAC.
The two teams came into the game as part of a four-way tie for first in the conference with records of 4-1 in league play.
The Cougars took the lead early on the strength of a 12-0 run during three-minute stretch in the early going that pushed UMM's lead from one to 13 points at 21-8. UMM would continue to possess the lead the rest of the first half on the way to a 42-31 lead heading into the break.
The Knights would hang around for much of the second half, staying within striking distance and cutting the deficit to nine (66-57) with 4:41 to play following an Alyssa Maertz jumper, but the Cougars rattled off seven straight points in the next minute to push their lead back to 16 and put an end to the Knights' comeback hopes.
UMM controlled the glass throughout the game, out-rebounding the Knights 55-30, which led to a 20-7 edge in second chance points. The Cougars also doubled up the Knights in the paint, outscoring MLC 40-20 for the game.
Leah Nass led the Knights with a season-best 22 points, but the Cougars were able to limit the rest of the MLC starting five to seven points on 2-16 shooting from the field. Hannah Hackbarth and Mariah Schoof provided offense off the bench for the Knights with 15 and 11 points, respectively, but it wasn't enough to catch the Cougars down the stretch.
MLC fell to 7-9 overall and 4-2 in the UMAC in defeat, while UMM improved to 8-9 on the season and 5-1 in league play.
The Knights will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, February 1) when they travel to Crown College for a game scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.