Anthon Scores 29 in WBB Win
NEW ULM, Minn. - The Martin Luther College women's basketball received 29 big points from junior Alex Anthon in a 77-72 come-from-behind win over Viterbo Thursday night.
Anthon was efficient throughout the game, scoring her 29 points on just 12 shots. She finished 9-12 from the field, 2-4 from beyond the arc, and 9-9 from the free throw line.
The Knights trailed 34-25 at the half, but shot 53.3 percent from the field in the second half to overcome that deficit. Anthon scored 20 of her 29 in the second half, while guard Erin Schmeling played a key role in stopping Viterbo's leading scorer Jenna Engh, who scored 14 points in the second half after a 20-point first half. Engh was forced to take 31 shots to get her 34 points in the game, however, and the Knights harassed her into difficult shots in the final 20 minutes.
Rebecca Engelbrecht also had a big day for the Knights, scoring 18 points on 7-9 shooting and leading the team with eight rebounds. She scored 11 of her points in the second half. On top a a strong overall field goal percentage, the Knights shot 50.0 percent from beyond the three-point arc, and 84.2 percent (16-19) from the free throw line in the second stanza to help erase the deficit.
Schmeling also contributed offensively, scoring 11 points on 4-8 shooting. First-year players Mariah Schoof and Faith Schroeder combined to score nine big points off the bench for MLC.
The Knights improved to 1-3 on the season with the win, while Vitberbo fell to 1-5 in defeat.
MLC will return to action on Tuesday, December 3, when they travel to Buena Vista.