MENOMONIE, Wis. - The Martin Luther College women's basketball team was unable to hold off Dubuque late in a 63-60 loss in the first game of the Quality Inn & Suites Turkey Shootout hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Stout Saturday afternoon.
The game was back-and-forth throughout, with neither team taking a lead of more than than seven points at any time in the game.
MLC had a strong start, taking a seven-point lead at 19-12, but Dubuque made a run to close the half with a 33-31 lead.
The Knights took the lead early in the second half and held the advantage for much of the rest of the way, but went cold from the field offensively down the stretch.
After a Brittney Gossen 3-pointer gave MLC a 56-53 lead with 7:12 to play in the game, the Knights were held without a field goal until an Amanda Burk layup with seven seconds to play in the game, allowing Dubuque to take control and win the game down the stretch.
Three MLC players finished the game in double figures, led by 14 points from Hannah Hackbarth. Hannah Rothe and Gossen each finished with 13 points, while Alex Anthon, Leah Nass and Burk each finished with seven rebounds.
The Knights finished the game shooting 21-for-54 from the field (38.9 percent) and 4-for-8 from beyond the 3-point line (50 percent). Dubuque shot 38.5 percent from the field and 8.5 percent from 3-point range, but took advantage of 17 offensive rebounds and 24 points off turnovers.
With the loss, MLC fell to 0-2 to start the season, while Dubuque improved to 2-1.
MLC will return to action today when it plays UW-Stout in the second game of the two-day tournament. The game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.