Cougars End Knights' Streak at Nine
NEW ULM, Minn. - After MLC snapped the 29-game UMAC winning streak of Minnesota-Morris two weeks ago, the Cougars returned the favor by ending the Knights' nine-game win streak by the score of 70-63.
MLC held a 19-15 lead in the first half, but the Cougars made a 14-2 run late in the half, which led toa six-point lead at 34-28 at halftime.
The Cougars built a double digit lead early in the second half, but MLC battled back, cutting the UMM lead to one possession several times in the final five minutes.
UMM would hold strong down the stretch, however, with Emily Mehr making a big three-pointer to push a two-point lead to five with just under three minutes left, and the Cougars taking advantage of several offensive rebounds late in the game to burn the clock and increase the lead.
Both teams struggled from the field, with neither team shooting better than 40 percent, but the Cougars made a living at the charity stripe. UMM finished the game with 33 attempts from the line, making 18, while the Knights went 4-6.
Amanda Burk finished with another double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Brittney Gossen led the Knights with 17 points, while Sarah Free created a spark off the bench with 11 points with the help of three baskets from beyond the arc.
The Knights struggled offensively from outside all night, shooting 28 percent on 25 attempts from beyond the arc. Two of MLC's main outside threats weren't able to hit from outside or inside in the game, as Erica Babinec and Hannah Hackbarth combined for 14 points on 6-30 shooting.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 14-6 overall and 8-1 in the UMAC, while UMM improved to 11-8 on the season and 7-2 in league play.
MLC will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, February 4), when it hosts Presentation for a 3 p.m. game.