Muskies use team effort in win over Lawrence
Athletics - posted on 11/20/2009
The Lakeland College women's basketball team used a balance scoring attack and strong defense as it defeated Lawrence University 66-49 in the opening game of the Lakeland Tip-Off Tournament Friday night in Wolzen Gymnasium.
The Muskies jumped out to a quick 19-6 lead after the first ten minutes and built a lead that never fell below double digits the remainder of the night as they entered halftime with a 42-20 lead.
"We played a complete first half on both offense and defense," Lakeland head coach Teri Johnson said. "We controlled the tempo and came out strong to start the game."
Lakeland continued its domination in the second in eventually stretching its advantage to 30 points before winning 66-49.
Five Muskies scored at least eight points and 11 different players scored in the game as they shot 41 percent from the field after completing shots at a 48 percent clip in the first half.
Chelsea Coenen led Lakeland with 10 points in just 16 minutes on 4-of-9 shooting from the field.
KC Blahnik followed up her amazing night on Monday with nine points and seven rebounds and a team-high four steals.
Erin Cepa connected from behind the arc three times, finishing with nine points off of the bench.
"Our depth, especially down low, allows us to move people around and gives us more options on both sides of the court," Johnson said.
Freshmen Leah Eisner and Becky Mayo had solid home debuts. Eisner put up eight points and two block with four rebounds while Mayo added four points and seven boards.
Lakeland meets North Park on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. in the championship of the Tip-Off Tournament after the Vikings held on against UW-Superior for a 57-56 win late Friday night. Johnson realizes that Lakeland will need to continue to set the tempo to continue its opening week success.
"North Park is a solid defensive team that we have to be ready to attack," Johnson said. "We can't force our shots and we have to set the tempo."
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