Defense Leads to WBB Win over Central
NEW ULM, Minn. - The Martin Luther College women's basketball team won a defensive struggle against Central College by the score of 52-49 Saturday afternoon.
The Knights' defense suffocated the Dutch from the beginning, holding them to 21.4 percent shooting the first half on the way to a 28-21 halftime edge.
Central would turn up its defensive pressure in the second half, holding MLC to 20.7 percent shooting to come all the way back and take a 47-45 lead with 1:58 to play, but the Knights responded with a 7-2 run to end the game. Rebecca Engelbrecht made two free throws to tie the game at 47-47, and lay-ups by Faith Schroeder and Alex Anthon gave the Knights a lead they would hold in the final minute for the win.
Neither team shot well in the game, with the Knights shooting 28.3 percent compared to 27.5 percent for Central. Anthon led MLC with 11 points, with Engelbrecht and Brittney Gossen each adding eight. Engelbrecht also finished with a game-high ten rebounds.
Rebounding was an issue for the Knights in the first half, as the Dutch grabbed 13 offensive rebounds in the first stanza, but MLC dominated the glass in the second half with a 26-19 edge. Schroeder grabbed five of her eight rebounds in the second half, while Engelbrecht had six of her ten after the break.
The Knights improved to 3-4 on the season with the win, while Central dropped to 6-1 in defeat.
MLC will return to action on Tuesday, December 10, when it travels to Luther for a 5:30 p.m. game.