Second Half Propels Muskies to Win Over Alverno
Athletics - posted on 1/9/2007
The Lakeland College women's basketball team improved to 4-2 in the Northern Athletics Conference with a win over Alverno, 59-42, on the Muskies' home floor on Tuesday, Jan. 9.
A slow start in the first half prompted the early clearing of the Muskies' bench with just under 10 minutes remaining, but the squad still headed for the locker room ahead, 24-18, at the half.
"I expect a little better performance from our starters right off the bat," said head coach April Arvan. "(Jenna) Boehm was doing her job, but we were turning the ball over quite a bit. Our bench players came in to score 15 of our 24 first half points. They came off the bench fired up and did a really good job to get the lead."
Freshman forward Katie Kilton hit a jumper at the 8:37 mark to give Lakeland a 13-11 lead, while freshman guard Nikki Commons knocked down a 3-pointer with 5:47 left in the half to give the home squad their biggest lead up to that point in the game, 16-13.
In the second half, all14 Muskies came out firing to increase their lead to as many as 19 points towards the end of the game, utilizing their smothering defensive skills, a 50 percent second half field goal average and strong inside game to near their fullest potential.
"I thought DeAnna (Rettschlag) did a nice job with six points and seven rebounds in 11 minutes," Arvan said. "KC Blahnik played one of her better aggressive games of the season so far. We needed her to take shots and make them, and she's been doing just that over the course of the past few weeks. I think she's stepping into her role better and really plays with her heart on her sleeve."
Blahnik, a freshman guard, led the bench's scoring effort with 10 points, shooting five for seven from the floor, while also snagging four rebounds and four steals. The seven rebounds by Rettschlag, a freshman forward, was good for the high rebounds honor for the game.
Junior guard Brenda Paulson paced the Muskies with 11 points on a 50 percent field goal average, while Boehm, a senior forward, was a perfect five for five from the floor for 10 points.
Although Arvan is happy her squad found a way to get the win, she is concerned with what tonight's performance could mean going into their next NAC game against a formidable Wisconsin Lutheran squad on Saturday, Jan. 13.
"I think we could have performed and executed a lot better," Arvan said. "We shot the ball well and rebounded well tonight, which is a bonus, but besides our game with Aurora we haven't been able to put the total package together. We had 24 turnovers tonight, and beating ourselves like that is a problem.
"I still think this team has a ton of promise, but we need our upperclassmen to pave the way and play like every possession is their last. If they can do that, we'll be in really good shape."
Game time with Wisconsin Lutheran is set for 2 p.m. in Lakeland's Moose and Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.
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