Offense Struggles in Loss to Vikings
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC women were unable to muster enough offense in a defensive struggle against Bethany Tuesday, falling by the score of 57-47.
Both teams struggled to do anything offensively, as the teams combined for 29 turnovers and 43 points as Bethany took a 22-21 lead heading into the break.
After the Knights took a quick three-point lead in the early minutes of the second half, the Vikings began to take control, shooting 46.2 percent from the floor in the second half after shooting 22.6 in the first. Bethany built a ten-point lead by the middle of the half, and the Knights were never able to catch-up.
While neither team shot above 35 percent from the floor, the difference in the game came on the glass, where Bethany grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, and also beyond the three-point arc, where the Vikings made six three-pointers against zero for the Knights.
Erica Babinec (Onalaska, Wis./Luther) led the Knights with 18 points, nine rebounds and five steals on the night, while Katherine Kogler (Fallbrook, Calif./CLHS) joined her in double figures with 13 points. Emily Boldt was a presence in the paint for the Knights with nine points, four rebounds and five blocks.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 3-10 overall and 1-4 in UMAC play, while Bethany improved to 6-9 for the year and 2-3 in league action.
MLC will return to action next Friday, Jan. 22, when it travels to St. Scholastica for a 5:30 p.m. game.[BOX SCORE]