Saints Top Knights in UMAC Championship Game
NEW ULM, Minn. - The St. Scholastica women's basketball team beat MLC 76-67 Saturday night in the championship game of the UMAC Postseason Tournament.
The Saints started the game on a roll, jumping out to an early 10-2 lead before the Knights roared back with a 10-2 run to tie the game 12-12. The Saints would continue to lead for much of the half, but Alex Anthon kept the Knights within striking distance, scoring 12 points in the half despite two early fouls to hold the CSS lead at 30-28 heading into halftime.
The two teams traded baskets to start the second half, but CSS seized control of the game with a run that started with the Saints leading 37-36, and ended with a 56-41 CSS advantage. The Knights struggled to generate offense, going without a field goal for more than seven minutes until a three-pointer from Anthon cut the MLC deficit to 12 with 8:09 to play in the game.
MLC battled in the final minutes, cutting the deficit to 70-65 in the final minute, but the Saints were able to ice the game at the free throw line the rest of the way.
Anthon was the offensive star throughout for MLC, scoring a season-high 26 points on 8-12 shooting overall, and also went 3-6 from beyond the three-point arc and 7-9 from the charity stripe. Brittney Gossen added 17 points and six rebounds.
CSS finished with a big advantage at the free throw line, making 26 of 31 attempts, while MLC shot 13-23 from the charity stripe. The Saints also dominated the glass, outrebounding the Knights 52-32.
With the loss, MLC finished its season with a record of 12-15, while CSS improved to 14-14, and advanced to the Division III NCAA Postseason Tournament.