Women Dominate the Paint in Win over NWC
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC women's basketball team used a dominant performance on the glass to beat Northwestern 69-60 Saturday.
The Knights outrebounded Northwestern 50-29 in the game, and held a 23-4 edge on the offensive glass. MLC used that advantage to outscore the Eagles 14-3 in second chance points, and also finished with a 28-10 advantage in points in the paint.
MLC held the Eagles to 27 points in the first half on the way to taking a seven-point lead into the break. Hannah Hackbarth led MLC with ten points in the half, while the Knights held NWC to 32.1 percent shooting from the field.
Alex Anthon helped the Knights take control of the game in the second half, scoring 16 of her team-high 21 points after the break. She shot 5-7 from the field, 2-4 from beyond the three-point arc, and 4-4 from the free throw line in the half.
The Eagles shot 54.2 percent from the field in the second half to stay within striking distance, but MLC forced ten turnovers and grabbed 11 offensive rebounds to help finish off the win.
Anthon led MLC with 21 points, and also grabbed five rebuonds and had six assists. Hackbarth scored 14 for the Knights, while Leah Nass and Brittney Gossen finished with 12 and ten points, respectively.
Gossen also helped lead an MLC pressure defense that led to 19 NWC turnovers and 12 MLC steals. Gossen, Anthon and Nass each had three steals, while Gossen led the team with seven assists.
With the win, MLC improved to 10-13 overall and 8-4 in UMAC play. They clinched a spot in the UMAC Postseason Tournament after guaranteeing a top four finish in the conference. NWC dropped to 14-9 on the season and 9-3 in league play.
MLC will return to action on Friday, February 15, when it travels to Crown for a game scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.