Muskies knock off North Park, take North Park Tournament championship
Athletics - posted on 12/20/2008
Kasey Gussert sank all three of her 3-point attempts as the Muskies knocked off North Park in the championship game of the North Park Tournament 53-40 Saturday afternoon in Chicago, Ill.
The senior guard ended the night with 11 points, leading Lakeland (8-2) to its fifth straight victory. Both teams struggled from the field as Lakeland completed 19-of-61 shots (31 percent) and North Park was held to 27 percent shooting (12-for-44) on the day.
Lakeland fought back early in the first half from two four-point deficits, taking its first lead on Gussert's first 3-pointer of the game with 7:41 remaining in the first half. The Muskies took their lead to eight points until North Park closed the half with four points of its own, cutting the Muskie lead to 21-17.
The Muskies controlled play in the second half, jumping out to an 11 point lead at the 12-minute mark. The two teams would trade points until the Vikings went on a six point run, cutting the Lakeland lead to six. The North Park field goal with 5:24 remaining would be its last of the half as the Muskies closed the game on a nine-to-two run in closing out the 13 point victory.
Five Muskies scored either six or five points to complement Gussert's 11. The Lakeland bench scored 22 points compared to the nine scored by North Park.
Lakeland took small advantages in rebounds (43-to-36) and turnovers (18-to-21).
LaRae Kostreva led all scorers with 12 points for North Park. Amanda Phillips scored seven off the bench and Danielle Bradley collected eight rebounds for the Vikings.
The Muskies return to Northern Athletics Conference action Tuesday, Dec. 22, as they travel to Madison to face Edgewood. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.
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