NEW ULM - The Martin Luther College women's basketball team was playing good basketball going into halftime against the University of Minnesota-Morris Cougars leading by one point 34-33, but a 13-point run in the middle of the second half was the difference in an eventual 71-55 loss on Saturday afternoon.
Leah Nass scored the first six points for the Knights and scored her eighth on a layup with 13:10 left in the first half to put the Knights up 12-9.
The Cougars tried to get the ball inside every chance they could in the first half. Forward Tori Holt had 10 first-half points off the bench and was key to keeping the Cougars in it early on.
Kendra Wycoff led the Cougars with 18 points. Tori Holt (16 points, 13 rebounds) and Emily Auch (11 points, 11 rebounds) each finished with double doubles in the contest.
The Knights were led by Nass, who had 14 points and eight rebounds. Alex Anthon recorded 13 points and six assists, while Hannah Hackbarth had 11 points.
Hackbarth, who set the school career 3-point record Friday night, hit two 3-pointers on back to back possesions to put the Knights up by four. A free throw apiece from Britney Gossen and Alex Anthon put the Knights up by six - their largest lead of the night.
Five-straight points from Wycoff pulled the Cougars within one at the half.
The start of the second half was back and forth with each team trading buckets.
Wycoff started the 13-point run for the Cougars with a layup at 12:07. The Knights didn't get another point for another field goal for almost 8 minutes.
Alex Anthon hit a 3-pointer with 3:35 left to pull the Knights within 10 points, but that was as close as they got as MLC dropped its final game of the year.
"I think we rebounded well - we did a lot better job defensively even though the score didn't necesarily seem that way," said coach Larry Czer despite the loss.
The Knights will play in the UMAC tournament on Wednesday. The opponent and time is to be determined.