STEVENS POINT, Wis. - The Martin Luther College women's basketball team lost the second day of its season-opening tournament against host school UW-Stevens Point 81-48 on Saturday.
The Knights fell behind big early thanks to a 24-4 run by UW-Stevens Point, but finished the half on a 14-5 run of their own to cut the deficit to 35-23 at halftime.
UW-Stevens Point would continue to build on its lead, taking advantage of MLC's struggles shooting the ball on the way to its 33-point win.
MLC finished the day shooting 26.7 percent from the field, with Hannah Hackbarth finishing as the leading scorer with 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting (3-of-8 from 3-point range).
Alex Anthon added nine points, three rebounds and three assists, while Rebecca Engelbrecht and Brittney Gossen led the Knights with five rebounds apiece.
The Knights dropped to 0-2 on the season in defeat, while UW-Stevens Point improved to 2-0.
MLC will retun to action on Tuesday, when it travels to Northwestern (Iowa) for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Marian 79, MLC 70
FOND DU LAC, Wis. - The Martin Luther College men's basketball team lost at Marian College 79-70 on Saturday evening.
Marian took a 16-point lead into halftime at 39-23, and then built its lead up to 26 points (63-37) in the second half before the Knights started to come back.
The Knights cut the deficit into single digits in the final minute thanks to 34 combined second-half points from Galen Holzhueter and Luke Rothe, but were not able to cut any closer than seven points before the clock ran out.
Holzhueter finished with a game-high 30 points on 11-of-17 shooting, with 18 of those points coming in the second half. Rothe added 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting, and both Holzhueter and Rothe finished with a team-high nine rebounds.
The Knights' comeback came as they shot 57.1 percent from the field after the half, but they were unable to take advantage of their opportunities at the charity stripe, making 15-of-28 free-throw attempts in the second half.
MLC fell to 0-2 on the season with the loss, while Marian improved to 1-0 with the win.
The Knights will return to action on Thursday, when they host Viterbo in the home opener. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.