Size, Depth Lead Knights to Win over Rams
NEW ULM, Minn. - The Martin Luther College women's basketball team used its size and depth to overwhelm North Central in a 90-64 win Saturday.
The Knights took control of the game from the start, breaking a 7-7 tie early with a 10-0 run on the way to a 53-27 halftime lead.
The second half provided more of the same for the Knights, as they built the lead as high as 33 points with 8:51 to play before coasting to the win.
All 15 players played in the game for the Knights, with 13 scoring at least one field goal. The Knights' depth was a big advantage throughout, as the MLC bench outscored the Rams' bench 40-6. Hannah Hackbarth led the bench players 14 points on 4-9 shooting.
MLC also dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Rams 54-35 and finishing with 21 offensive rebounds (leading to 30 second chance points).
The Knights finished the game shooting 47.1 percent from the field, and held the Rams to 34.9 percent shooting while forcing 17 turnovers with their pressure zone defense.
Alex Anthon led MLC with 18 points on 6-8 shooting, and also finished with four assists. Rebecca Engelbrecht added 12 points and also grabbed a team-best nine rebounds, while Brittney Gossen was all over the floor for the the Knights with seven assists and six rebounds.
MLC improved to 6-7 on the season and 3-0 in league play with the win, while North Central fell to 4-7 overall and 0-3 in the UMAC in defeat.
The Knights will return to action on Friday, January 24, when they travel to St. Scholastica for a game scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.