Babinec's 27 Points Lead Knights to Win
NEW ULM, Minn. - MLC sophomore Erica Babinec started the game missing five of her first six shots, but rebounded to finish with a game-high 27 points in MLC's 66-62 win over Dakota Wesleyan Thursday night.
The Knights fell behind by as many as nine points early in the game, as they were unable to convert on many of their opportunities on the offensive end from close in. They would finish the half with a flurry, however, scoring the final six points before halftime to tie the score at 31-31.
MLC took the early lead out of the half when Babinec hit a jumper, and the Knights would hold a slim lead most of the way in the second half until the Tigers took a quick four-point edge at 60-56 just inside of the five-minute mark.
The Knights did not panic, however, and scored ten of the game's final 12 points to get the win. Amanda Gardner (Morrice, Mich./MLS) made a big three-pointer to tie the score at 60-60, and then Babinec made three of her four free throw attempts down the stretch to help ice the game.
Babinec finished the day 10-20 from the floor, including going 6-9 in the second half. She also finished with six rebounds.
Katherine Kogler (Fallbrook, Calif./CLHS) joined Babinec in double figures with 17 points and also grabbed seven rebounds. Kogler did most of her damage from the free throw line, going 9-11 for the game. Sarah Free (Plover, Wis./LPS) added nine points, while Carrie Fritzler (Deford, Mich./MLS) grabbed seven rebounds.
With the win, the Knights improved to 2-8 on the season heading into the Christmas break. MLC will return to action on Friday, January 8, when it hosts Northwestern for a 5:30 p.m. tip.[BOX SCORE]