Scoring Droughts Cost Knights at NWC
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The MLC women's basketball team played tough, but suffered long scoring droughts in each half that led to a 69-59 loss at Northwestern Friday night.
MLC jumped out quickly to start the game, taking an 11-5 lead with 13:35 to play in the first half, but Northwestern scored the next 15 points while MLC struggled offensively, failing to score a field goal for more than 11 minutes of action on the way to trailing 25-21 at the half.
Both teams struggled in the opening half, with MLC shooting 7-26 from the field (26.9 percent), while NWC went 10-31 (32.3 percent).
The Knights hung tough to start the second half, and found themselves trailing by seven points at 47-40 with 12:14 left to play, but a 14-0 run over the next 5:19 pushed the Eagles' lead to 21 points.
MLC was able to cut the deficit to eight points with 1:44 left with a 17-4 run of its own, but the NWC lead was too big to overcome.
Erica Babinec led the way offensively for MLC with a season-high 28 points on 11-22 shooting, and also added seven rebounds. Sarah Free added 16 points and five assists for the Knights, while Amanda Selle led the team with eight rebounds.
With the loss, MLC fell to 4-11 overall and 2-4 in the UMAC, while NWC improved to 8-9 on the season and 4-2 in league play.
The Knights will return to action on tomorrow (Saturday, January 29), when they travel to Crown for a double header of men’s and women’s basketball starting at 3 p.m.