Defense, Depth Lead Knights to Win
NEW ULM, Minn. – The MLC women’s basketball team combined a strong defensive effort with a well-rounded offensive attack to pick up a 69-62 win over Waldorf in the team’s home opener Monday night.
The Knights trailed by one at the half after shooting 37.9 percent from the field in the first 20, but came back to shoot 63.6 percent in the second half, outscoring the Warriors 39-31 after the break.
For the game, MLC shot 49.0 percent from the field, and held Waldorf to just 33.3 percent shooting and forced 20 turnovers with a help of a strong halfcourt trap used for much of the second half.
Erica Babinec led MLC with 15 points and also grabbed six rebounds, but the bench was the difference on the offensive end for the Knights, scoring 27 points in the game. Hannah Hackbarth led the bench crew with 12 points, including ten big points in the first half when the Knights were in need of offense, while Alex Anthon added 11 points. Brittney Gossen joined them in double figures with 11 points, and added a team-high four assists.
With the win, MLC improved to 2-2 on the season, while Waldorf dropped to 1-5.
The Knights will return to action Wednesday, November 30, when they host Viterbo in a game scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.