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The Lakeland College women's basketball team won their third consecutive game on Tuesday night, defeating the visiting Lumberjills of Northland College, 62-60.
The Muskies (6-4) showed some rust in the first half, but were able to overcome their slow start to get the victory.
In the first half Lakeland showed the effects that a week off can have, seeming unfocused and unmotivated. Northland jumped out to a quick five-point, 11-6, lead which promoted Lakeland head coach Lindsey Vande Hoef to sub out her starters, and give the bench a chance to shine. The message was clear and the Muskies hung around until late in the first, trailing by nine points, 30-21, at halftime.
Junior Becky Mayo paced Lakeland with eight points and four rebounds, while shooting 4-for-6 from the field. They Muskies as a team shot 41.7 percent from the field, but missed all seven 3-point attempts. Meanwhile the Lumberjills capitalized, shooting 38.1 percent, including a 40 percent mark from the 3-point line. The long-range shooting and their ability to outrebound the Muskies were the difference in the half.
In the second half Northland continued its hot 3-point shooting, hitting three consecutive threes to give the Lumberjills a 16-point lead early in the half. However, the Muskies didn't quit and continued to chip away at the lead, tying the game at the five minute mark, 53-53. Senior Allison Davis would break the tie with a pair of free throws as part of her 14-point second half performance. The two teams would tie twice more in the games' final minutes, with Becky Mayo converting an offensive rebound into a layup with two seconds left to seal the victory.
Lakeland shot 44.7 percent in the half, including their only 3-pointer of the game. The Muskies finished the game shooting 43.5 percent from the field, 5.3 percent (1-for-19) from behind the arc and 50 percent (7-for-14) from the free throw line. The Lakeland defense held the Lumberjills to 37.5 percent (18-for-48) from the field, 40.7 percent (11-for-27) from the 3-point line and 86.7 percent (13-for-15) from the charity stripe.
Davis finished with a career-high 18 points and added eight rebounds. Mayo finished with 13 points and seven rebounds while sophomore Jessica Genke added 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Muskies will look to make it four straight when they host Finlandia University at 5 p.m. tomorrow night.
To see what Davis had to say about her break-out performance, click here.
To see what Vande Hoef thought of her team's performance, click here.