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Second Half Surge Pushes Eagles Past Knights

last modified 2010-02-23 10:00 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The MLC women's basketball team trailed by four points with 11 minutes remaining in its UMAC quarterfinal match-up at Northwestern, but a 9-0 run by the Eagles was too tough to overcome in a 76-60 loss Tuesday night.

Second Half Surge Pushes Eagles Past Knights

Erica Babinec had eight points, six rebounds and four assists in MLC's loss to Northwestern in the UMAC quarterfinals

The Knights trailed by as many as nine points in the first half, but cut the deficit to four heading into the break at 38-34 with the help of nine first half points by Sarah Free (Plover, Wis./LPS).

MLC continued to keep things close in the opening minutes out of halftime and trailed by four points at 50-46 with 10:58 to play, but the Eagles ran off nine unanswered points over the next 3:37 to push their lead up to 13 at 59-46.

The Knights attempted to push back, but were never able to climb out of the hole created by the Eagle surge. Northwestern pushed the lead as high as 18 points before finishing with the 16-point final margin.

Katherine Kogler (Fallbrook, Calif./CLHS) finished with a team-high 13 points and grabbed six rebounds, but struggled to a 5-19 night from the floor. Free added 11 points, while Kadie Drake (Adrian, Mich./Madison HS) added nine points and four assists off the bench. Erica Babinec (Onalaska, Wis./Luther) finished with eight points, and also added six rebounds and four assists.

Katie Dewitt came back strong for the Eagles after being held to a 4-25 shooting night just over a week ago against the Knights, scoring 22 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out eight assists to lead Northwestern.

With the loss, MLC finished the season 10-15 overall, while Northwestern improved to 13-12 as they advanced to the UMAC Tournament semifinals.

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