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MLC uses strong fourth quarter to defeat Mount Mary

Courtesy of Adam Hussman/MLC SID

MILWAUKEE — Jordyn Heckendorf scored 22 points, the Knights had 19 points off turnovers, and MLC overcame a 6-point deficit to start the fourth quarter to pick up their first win of the season on the road against Mount Mary 60-55 on Sunday.

After jumping out to a 15-12 lead after the first quarter, MLC would trail for the majority of the game and found themselves in a hole down 49-40 with 7:14 left. However, the Knights were able to regroup and were resilient on the offensive glass and eventually took the lead at the 2:20 mark from a Heckendorf jumper (52-51). From there, the two teams would have another lead change, but the Knights benefited from five crucial free throws from Heckendorf and hung on to top the Blue Angels.

Heckendorf was also disruptive on the defensive end of the court and had a season-high four steals, to go along with 22 points on 6-of-14 shooting (43 percent). The senior also had help from a pair of teammates in Emma Nelson and Lauren Paulsen, who both had double-double performances. Paulsen had 11 points and 13 rebounds, including six offensive boards that created second chance opportunities all game for MLC. The junior would also come up with three steals and four assists, while Nelson finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds (five offensive). The Knights also had a fourth player finish in double figures, as Grace Kieselhorst had 10 points and seven boards.

Mount Mary went 22-of-53 on 41.5 percent from the field, while MLC shot 22-of-75 on 29.3 percent, but the Knights gained the edge in the turnover battle, forcing 22 from the Blue Angels. MLC’s 21 offensive boards also proved to sway the outcome in their favor.

MLC (1-4) will return to the hardwood on Tuesday, November 28, when they head to UW-Stout for a 7 p.m. game with the WIAC school.

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