Schultz hits 1,000 but MLC falls to UW-Stout
NEW ULM — Martin Luther College’s Grace Schultz scored her 1,000th point on Monday but the University of Wisconsin-Stout defeated MLC 75-64 in a nonconference womens’ basketball game.
Schultz became only the third women’s player to reach that plateau.
Schultz finished the contest with 24 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals. Moriah Hackbarth scored 12 points and Hailey Johnson had 10 points.
Schultz tied the game at 2-apiece. The Blue Devils outscored MLC 10-4 with Schultz hitting a lay-up to end the first quarter to score her 1,000th point. Stout led 12-6 after one quarter.
Both teams traded baskets with MLC outscoring Stout 17-16 in the second quarter, which resulted in the Blue Devils leading 28-23 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Schultz nailed a 3-point shot and later stole the ball and converted a layup.
Stout scored the first seven points of the third quarter. The Blue Devils used a press which helped them to hold a 56-42 a the end of three quarters.
The Knights countered with a press of their own. They had used it off and on throughout the game, but the strategy seemed to help out in the final quarter.
Emily Witkowski scored to cut Stout’s advantage to 66-61. Schultz stole the ball and she scored on a layup to close the gap to 66-63. It would be as close as would come for the balance of the game.
Stout’s Kyncaide Diedrich scored a key basket with less than a minute to play and the shot clock expiring making it 73-63 Blue Devils.
Jade St. Germaine dropped one of two free throws for MLC. Anna Brown dropped two free threes for the Blue Devils for the 75-64 final.
Dan Gawrisch, MLC head coach, said he is very proud of how well the Knights played. They took care of the basketball and he was pleased with the effort they made against a fast, tough, deep and physical Stout team.
MLC (2-6) will play at North Central College on Thursday.