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Seeding in the conference tournament is on the line when the Lakeland College women's basketball team travels to the Milwaukee School of Engineering on Saturday in a Northern Athletics Conference challenge game. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. in Milwaukee.
The NAC challenge games match up NAC North and South Division teams in the order in which they finished the regular season conference standings. Lakeland (18-6, 13-5 NAC) and MSOE (15-9, 11-6) both finished second during the regular season, so they'll square off on Saturday.
The winner will receive the No. 3 seed in next week's NAC Tournament and host Concordia University Chicago (9-15, 7-10 NAC). The loser will be the No. 4 and host Concordia University Wisconsin (14-10, 13-5 NAC). Those games will begin at 7 p.m.
In their first meeting this season, host Lakeland beat MSOE, 86-69, on Jan. 28. In that contest, sophomore Aimee Thrune (Prairie Du Sac, Wis.) led the Muskies with a career-high 20 points, aided by a 4-for-7 performance behind the 3-point line. Fellow sophomore Leah Eisner (Stevens Point, Wis.) added 14 points and six rebounds.
Since its inception in 2009, the Muskies are 3-0 in NAC Challenge games, including a 1-0 record against MSOE. To see the schedule of all of Saturday's challenge games and their effect on seeding, click here.
See what Lakeland head coach Lindsey Vande Hoef has to say about the game here.