Eagles Shoot Past Knights
ST. PAUL - The Martin Luther College women's basketball team fell victim to a lights out three-point shooting display from the University of Northwestern in an 82-66 loss Saturday.
The Eagles finished 16-33 from beyond the three-point arc, with three different starters making at least four three-pointers in the game. MLC was able to make seven of its 19 attempts from beyond the arc, but still was outscored by 27 points from distance for the game.
UNW was hot from the start, scoring the game's first 12 points before an Alex Anthon three-pointer at the 15:26 mark finally got the Knights on the scoreboard.
MLC would come all the way back to take a 21-17 lead with 8:44 to play in the first half, but the Eagles responded with 17-4 run to close the half to take a 34-25 lead heading into the break.
The Knights did well to keep within distance of the sharp-shooting Eagles for much of the second half, and trailed by four at 53-49 with 11:43 to play in the game, but UNW went on a 14-0 run over the next 4:41 to build its lead to 17 points and put MLC away.
Hannah Hackbarth finished the game with 19 points off the bench to lead MLC, making four three-point field goals of her own. Anthon joined her in double figures with 15 points, while Brittney Gosssen added nine points.
The Knights entered the day one game ahead of UNW in the standings, but the two teams are now tied with St. Scholastica (which lost to Minnesota-Morris Saturday) for second place in the conference with 9-3 records in the UMAC. MLC fell to 12-11 overall in defeat, while UNW improved to 17-6 on the season with the win.
MLC will return to action on Friday, February 21, when it hosts Crown College for a game scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.