Second Half Struggles Lead to Loss at CSS
DULUTH, Minn. – The MLC women’s basketball team held a second half lead at St. Scholastica Friday night, but two big runs by the Saints in the final ten minutes led to a 69-59 loss for the Knights.
MLC struggled from the field thoughout, shooting 29.7 percent on field goals for the game, but still found itself holding seven-point lead at 45-38 with 9:45 to play.
Things started to go wrong for the Knights from there, as St. Scholastica went on a 13-1 run over the next 4:32 to take a five-point lead.
After two three-pointers from Hannah Hackbarth led to a 56-56 tie with just under two minutes to play, the Saints would put the Knights away with a 13-3 run to close the game.
MLC dominated the glass in the game, outrebounding the Saints 54-41, and finished with 23 offensive rebounds. Amanda Burk finished with a career high 17 rebounds, while Erica Babinec had 12.
Offensively, the Knights could just never get things going. MLC especially struggled from the outside, going 2-18 from beyond the three-point line.
Babinec led the Knights with 19 points, but struggled to an 8-27 shooting night from the field. Burk added 13 points as the only other player in double figures.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 15-7 overall and 9-2 in the UMAC, while St. Scholastica improved to 10-12 on the season and 8-3 in league play.
The Knights will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, February 11), when they travel to Northland for a game scheduled to start at 3 p.m.