MANKATO, Minn. - The Martin Luther College women's basketball team finished its season sweep of Bethany Lutheran College with an 82-58 win on Tuesday night.
The Knights (9-9, 6-2 UMAC) were efficient offensively (44.1 percent shooting and 12 turnovers) while they frustrated the Vikings into 21 turnovers and 32.8 percent from the field. MLC also made 8-of-13 3-point attempts (61.5 percent).
The Vikings (6-13, 3-5) led 11-9 early, but the Knights took control of the game with a 22-3 run over a nearly 7-minute stretch to build a big lead.
MLC led 45-24 at the half and continued to turn up the heat as it built the lead as high as 36 points with 7 minutes to play on the way to the win.
Mariah Schoof had a big day for the Knights off the bench, scoring a career-high 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting overall - 5-of-7 from beyond the arc - in 21 minutes of action. Schoof led a bench effort that outscored the Vikings' bench 42-11.
Alex Anthon helped the Knights to their solid start, scoring 12 of her 15 total points in the first half thanks to 5-of-5 shooting from the field. Anthon finished shooting 6-of-8 and also had five of the team's 16 steals in the game, and tied Erin Schmeling for the team lead with four assists.
The Knights will return to action at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, when they host Northland College.
MLC MEN FALL TO BLC
MANKATO, Minn. - The Martin Luther College men's basketball team held a second-half lead, but a 7-minute cold stretch proved costly in a 79-67 loss to Bethany Lutheran College on Tuesday night.
The Knights (4-15, 3-5 UMAC) held a four-point lead at 54-50 with 10:31 to play following a Todd Brassow layup, but the Vikings (5-14, 4-4) went on a 14-2 run during the next 7:07 to take an eight-point lead.
During that stretch, MLC went 7 minutes without making a field goal while BLC made two 3-point field goals and four free throws to extend the lead.
MLC trailed 37-33 at the half, but Galen Holzhueter helped push the Knights ahead. Holzhueter started the game 1-of-5 from the field, but made his next seven shots to help give the Knights their four-point lead with just more than 10 minutes to play.
Luke Rothe tried to keep the Knights in the game following the Vikings' run, scoring nine points in the final 3:24, but it wasn't enough to catch BLC down the stretch.
Holzhueter finished with a game-high 23 points to go with eight rebounds and four assists. Brassow and Rothe finished in double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
MLC will return to action at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, when it hosts Northland College.