Women Start UMAC Season with Win at BLC
MANKATO, Minn. - The MLC women's basketball team won its UMAC opener at Bethany Lutheran by the score of 69-55 Tuesday night.
Defense led the way for MLC, as the Knights forced 17 turnovers and kept the Vikings under 30 percent from the field. BLC was able to hang around with the Knights in foul trouble for parts of the game, helping the Vikings shoot 26 of 32 from the free throw line, but it would not be enough to top the Knights down the stretch.
The Knights trailed 9-7 early in the game, but quickly took the lead and didn't look back the rest of the way. MLC never trailed in the final 37 minutes of the game, taking a 38-28 lead at the half and never allowing the Vikings to cut the lead below four in the second half on the way to the win.
First-year forward Leah Nass had a breakout game for MLC off the bench, scoring a career-best 14 points on 6-10 shooting from the floor. Nass also grabbed seven rebounds and finished with four steals in 26 minutes of action.
Joining Nass in double figures were Rebecca Engelbrecht and Brittney Gossen with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Engelbrecht also added two blocks to help lead the MLC defense.
MLC finished the game shooting 40.3 percent from the field, and also took care of the ball on the way to a season-low eight turnovers.
The Knights improved to 3-9 on the season and 1-0 in the UMAC with the win, while BLC dropped to 2-10 overall and 0-1 in league play with the loss.
MLC will return to action on Friday, January 11, when it travels to Northwestern (MN) for a 5:30 p.m. game.