Balanced Scoring Helps MLC Women Hold Off Eagles
NEW ULM, Minn. - The Martin Luther College women's basketball team improved to 2-0 in league play with an 88-82 win over Northwestern (MN) Friday night.
The Knights finished with five players in double figures, with Brittney Gossen leading the way with 22 points. Gossen made five of 11 shots from the field, and also went 12-15 from the free throw line to help close the Eagles out down the stretch.
MLC led 50-39 at the half and built its lead as high as 15 points at 77-62 with 6:37 to play in the second half, but the Eagles roared back to cut the Knights' edge to two points at 81-79 with just under one minute to play before the Knights closed the game at the free throw line.
Gossen scored 11 points and went 7-8 from the charity stripe in the second half, while Hannah Hackbarth scored ten of her 16 points off the bench in the second stanza. Joining them in double figures were Rebecca Engelbrecht (16 points), Erin Schmeling (13 points) and Alex Anthon (ten points).
The Eagles finished the game shooting 50.9 percent from the field, but the Knights outscored them 23-19 at the free throw line and used a 43-35 rebounding advantage to outscore UNW 18-8 in second-chance points.
With the win, MLC improved to 5-7 on the season and 2-0 in the UMAC, while UNW fell to 9-4 overall and 1-1 in league play.
The Knights will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, January 18) when they host North Central. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m.