Women Lose Tight One at Grinnell
GRINNELL, Iowa - The MLC women dominated the paint but were unable to find the range offensively in a 73-66 loss at Grinnell Saturday afternoon.
The Knights outrebounded Grinnell 57-38 for the game, including a 26-15 edge on the offensive glass, but finished with a field goal percentage of 33.3 percent from the floor.
MLC was led by Katherine Kogler (Fallbrook, Calif./CLHS) and Emily Boldt (Mukwonago, Wis./LPS) with 13 points apiece, helped by the two combining to go 12-14 from the foul line. Boldt also added eight rebounds, while Kogler had two steals and six rebounds. Carrie Fritzler (Deford, Mich./MLS) and Brittany Jensen (Hortonville, Wis./FVL) helped down low with ten and nine points, respectively.
While the MLC frontcourt players contributed big scoring nights, the MLC backcourt had an uncharacteristic off night, as Erica Babinec (Onalaska, Wis./Luther) and Sarah Free (Plover, Wis./LPS) each went 1-13 from the field and combined for four points. They did contribute in other ways, as Babinec grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and two steals, while Free had five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Knights fell behind in the early going, trailing by about ten for most of the first half until a run in the final seven minutes cut into the Grinnell lead, and even gave the Knights a quick two-point edge following a Boldt free throw at the two-minute mark before Grinnell scored the final four points of the half to take a 39-37 lead into the break.
After trailing for the first 14 minutes of the second half, the Knights took the lead on a jump shot by Sarah Pederson (Watertown, S.D./GPLHS) to put MLC ahead 58-57 with 5:27 to go.
The two teams traded baskets down the stretch, but a three-pointer by Grinnell guard Jessica Shotts (who made went 8-14 from beyond the arc for the game and scored a game-high 30 points) broke open a 66-66 tie with 35 seconds to play, giving Grinnell the lead for good and leading them to the win.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 0-4 after the first week of the season. The Knights will return to action on Monday, November 30, when they travel to Waldorf for a 7 p.m. tip.[BOX SCORE]