Second Half Run Pushes Cougars Past Knights
NEW ULM, Minn. – The MLC women’s basketball team had its two-game win streak snapped after a big second half run by Minnesota, Morris pushed the Cougars to an 81-59 win Saturday.
The Knights overcame a slow start which saw the Cougars take an 11-0 lead to close within five points at 30-25 at the half.
After keeping within striking distance early in the second half, UMM took over an eight-point game at 45-37 with 12:56 left to play with a 24-1 run over the next 6:42 of play to take a 30-point lead. MLC was held without a field goal for nearly eight minutes of the second half.
The Cougars were effective both inside and out offensively, shooting 55.6 percent from the field for the game, including a scorching 67.9 percent in the second half. They also made ten of 19 attempts from beyond the three-point line, and finished with 25 assists on 30 made field goals.
Erica Babinec finished with a team-high 19 points, and also added six rebounds. Amanda Burk joined her in double figures with 11 points, and also grabbed a game-high ten rebounds.
With the loss, MLC fell to 3-10 overall and 2-3 in the UMAC, while UMM improved to 9-6 on the season and 5-0 in conference play with the win.
The Knights will return to action on Tuesday, January 25, when they host North Central for a double header of men’s and women’s basketball starting at 5:30 p.m.