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MLC wins UMAC opener

January 12, 2014
By Jake Calhoun - Journal Sports Writer (jcalhoun@nujournal.com) , The Journal

NEW ULM - The cheers from the Martin Luther College bench were noticeably louder whenever Alyssa Maertz touched the basketball.

Maertz, a freshman who had played just 12 minutes all season heading into Saturday, hit both her field goals and all four free throws to add eight points to Martin Luther College's 77-65 win against Bethany Lutheran in the UMAC season-opener on Saturday.

"She's been developing quite nicely all throughout the season," said MLC coach Larry Czer of Maertz. "She's incredibly quick, a good defensive player, very fast. As you saw, she does some nice things for us."

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Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Martin Luther College’s Alex Anthon (4) takes a shot over Lacey Ellinghuysen (12) of Bethany Lutheran during the first half Saturday at MLC in New Ulm. MLC won 77-65 in its first conference game of the season.
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The Knights (4-7, 1-0 UMAC) held a huge advantage heading into the locker room after closing out the final six minutes of the first half on a 17-0 run.

"Two keys: Our defense, No. 1, and our rebounding - we really controlled the boards so we were able to get our running game going," Czer said.

Leah Nass led MLC with 12 first-half points off 6-of-8 shooting. She finished the game with a game-high 18 points.

The Knights had nine different players score points in this game, with 27 of the team's 77 points coming off the bench. Hannah Hackbarth led the bench's scoring tally with 13 points - 10 of which were netted in the first half.

"Our intensity level picked up on the defensive end," Czer said. "Our depth, I think, paid off this time. We can go pretty deep and not lose a lot, and that I think played out today."

Bethany (3-9, 0-1) outscored MLC in the second half 39-32, but was unable to net any type of comeback. Madelia native Allie Van Hee tried to spark a Bethany comeback, scoring 10 of her 12 points in the second half.

MLC hosts Northwestern (Minn.) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

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BL 26 39 - 65

MLC 45 32 - 77

BETHANY LUTHERAN (65)

Weichmann 6-12 1-2 17, Swenson 2-10 5-5 9, Elinghuysen 2-6 0-0 4, Pelzl 4-16 2-5 11, Scheffler 1-4 2-2 4, Van Hee 4-6 4-6 12, Balcom 1-4 2-2 4, Chappuis 0-2 0-0 0, Kottschade 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 22-66 16-22 65.

MARTIN LUTHER COLLEGE (77)

Nass 9-18 0-0 18, Engelbrecht 5-9 0-1 10, Anthon 3-9 5-8 11, Schmeling 3-6 0-1 7, Gossen 2-3 0-0 4, Hackbarth 5-12 0-0 13, Schroeder 0-3 0-0 0, Schoof 1-5 2-2 4, Willems 1-5 0-0 2, Maertz 2-2 4-4 8, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Rothfuss 0-0 0-0 0, Koelpin 0-0 0-0 0, Neeb 0-0 0-0 0, Barthels 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-73 11-16 77.

 
 

 

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