Defense Leads the Way for MLC Women at CSS
DULUTH, Minn. - Defense once again proved to be the key as the MLC women's basketball team won its fourth straight game by the score of 72-53 Saturday at St. Scholastica.
The Knights came into the game leading the UMAC in field goal percentage allowed (32.5), and Saturday's effort did not disappoint as the Saints were held to 31.3 percent shooting for the game. The game marked the eighth time in ten conference games that the Knights have held opponents to below 35 percent shooting from the field.
MLC did not just rely on its defense, however, as it shot 46.6 percent from the field and put four players in double figures.
The first half finished with the two teams tied 34-34, but the Knights took control quickly in the second half with a 17-4 run to take a 53-41 lead after the Saints had taken a one-point lead in the opening minutes of the half, and then put the game away by building that lead as high as 22 before coasting to the 19-point win.
Hannah Hackbarth finished as the game's high scorer with 20 points, giving her three games this season with at least 20 points. Hannah Rothe added 14 points, while Alex Anthon and Sara Willems chipped in ten points apiece.
MLC also won the rebounding battle, outrebounding the Saints 45-39 on the strength of a season-high 16 rebounds from first-year forward Leah Nass. Anthon also contributed on the glass, grabbing seven rebounds.
With the win, MLC improved to 9-12 on the season and 7-3 in UMAC play, while CSS dropped to 9-12 overall and 6-4 in league play.
MLC also moved up in the UMAC standings with the win, moving from a third place tie with CSS coming into the day into third place alone following the win.
The Knights will return to action on Friday, February 8, when they host North Central in a game scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.