NEW ULM - The Martin Luther College women's basketball team escaped with a Upper Midwest Athletic Conference win against a hot-shooting Northland College team by the score of 70-69 thanks to a three-point play by Alex Anthon in the final second.
The Knights led by one point in the final minute before a three-pointer by Northland's Lily Sandstrom with 3.1 seconds to play gave the Lumberjills a 69-67 lead.
Following a timeout, Anthon took the inbounds pass the length of the court, making a lay-up while getting fouled to tie the game with 0.3 seconds left. After making the free throw to give the Knights the lead, Northland was unable to get a shot off before the final buzzer sounded.
The Knights dominated the glass throughout the game, finishing with a 31-4 edge in offensive rebounds and outscoring Norhland 24-0 in second chance points.
The Lumberjills made up ground at the three-point line, however, erasing a 31-23 MLC halftime lead thanks to 9-11 shooting from beyond the arc in the second half. For the game, Northland made 11 of 18 attempts from distance (61.1 percent).
MLC struggled offensively throughout the game, missing numerous shots inside the paint on the way to 33.3 percent shooting for the game. Trailing 62-54, however, the offense woke up in time thanks to five points from Mariah Schoof and lay-ups by Leah Nass and Anthon to pull ahead in the final minutes.
The bench was key for MLC, scoring 36 points in the game. Hannah Hackbarth and Schoof led the team with 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Alyssa Maertz also made an impact off the bench with nine points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes of play.
With the win, MLC improved to 10-9 overall and 7-2 in UMAC play, while Northland fell to 3-16 on the season and 1-8 in the UMAC in defeat.
MLC returns to action at 3 p.m. Saturday when it hosts St. Scholastica. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.