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Slow start dooms MLC women's basketball

December 7, 2012
Jeremy Behnke - Journal Sports Editor ( , The Journal

NEW ULM - For the Martin Luther College women's basketball team, it was just a case of burying themselves too much in the first half.

The Knights watched Buena Vista jump out to a 38-20 lead at halftime thanks to five 3-pointers.

The Knights outscored Buena Vista in the second half but lost 77-67 in a nonconference battle at MLC Thursday night.

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Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Martin Luther College’s Rebecca Engelbrecht takes a shot over Tara Lehner of Buena Vista Thursday at MLC in New Ulm.

The Knights (1-6) were led by Hanna Hackbarth's 22 points. Hannah Rothe had 11 points and eight rebounds.

"I just think we just played with a lot more intensity [in the second half]," Hackbarth said. "We really worked hard and we wanted to come back in that second half."

The Knights were unable to cool Buena Vista down from outside. The Beavers hit 11 3-pointers for the game and they shot 39 percent from beyond the arc.

"A lot of credit to Buena Vista, they played really well - we just came out better in the second half," Hackbarth said.

Susan Kies led the Beavers with 28 points. She hit six 3-pointers for the game. Lexi Fisher finished with 10 points. Buena Vista out-rebounded the Knights 43-38 in the game and they committed 22 turnovers compared to 16 for the Knights.

Although the Knights were down the entire game, they managed to go on a 10-0 run early in the second half to crawl back into the game, cutting the Buena Vista lead to 48-35.

A Hackbarth 3-pointer later trimmed the lead to 53-42 and a basket by Leah Nass cut the deficit to 56-47.

Just when the Knights would get close, the Beavers would respond with a basket of their own.

The Knights will try to get back on the winning track on Saturday when they host Northwestern at 1 p.m.



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