Women Fall in Overtime at Presentation
ABERDEEN, S.D. - The women's basketball team played Presentation to a standstill through 40 minutes before being outscored 10-2 in overtime in a 77-69 loss Friday night in the UMAC opener.
The Knights put four players in double figures, led by Erica Babinec (Onalaska, Wis./Luther) with 14 points. Katherine Kogler (Fallbrook, Calif./California LHS) came off the bench to score 12, while Emily Boldt (Mukwonago, Wis./LPS) and Sarah Free (Plover, Wis./LPS) each added ten points. Boldt also grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds and added three blocks.
MLC held a small lead for most of the first half with the help of a strong start from Babinec, who scored 12 of her 14 in the first stanza on 5-7 shooting. As a team, the Knights shot 43.2 percent from the floor, but led by only one at the break in part because of poor free throw shooting that saw them make just three of their nine attempts from the charity stripe.
The Knights continued to hold the lead through much of the second half, taking a two-point lead following a three-pointer by Free at the 15:46 mark of the half and pushing it as high as nine points at 56-47 until the Saints tied the score at 65-65 just inside the two-minute mark.
After several stops from team teams, Babinec gave the Knights the lead on a jumper with just ten seconds remaining, but it would be short-lived as Presentation's Becky Smith nailed a jumper of her own in the final seconds to send the game into overtime.
Boldt gave the Knights a quick start in the extra period with a jumper in the early going, but it would be the lone points the Knights would score in overtime, as they shot 1-7 from the field after regulation, while Presentation lived at the charity stripe. The Saints went to the line eight times in overtime, making seven of them to ice away the win.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 0-6 on the season and 0-1 in conference play. The Knights will return to action tomorrow (Dec. 5), when they travel to UM-Morris for a 3 p.m. tip.[BOX SCORE]