Women's Basketball Falls in Close Battle with No. 21 Carroll
Athletics - posted on 11/27/2007
The Lakeland College women's basketball team fell to Carroll College, 73-62, in a hard-fought non-conference battle on Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Waukesha, Wis.
Although the Pioneers, ranked No. 21 in the nation by the Division III Top 25 Coaches' Poll, gained the upper hand partway through the second half, the Muskies (2-1) were able to keep the score within a few points for the majority of the game. Lakeland shot 43 percent from the field in the first half to Carroll's 35 percent, helping them climb within two points of the Pioneers by halftime on a lay-up by sophomore guard Terra Hiben.
"I definitely knew we could compete against them, and I knew we would need to bring our 'A' game," said head coach Teri Johnson. "Once our defense gets going we're a strong team, so I'm not surprised we kept it close."
Lakeland and Carroll continued to trade baskets deep into the second half, gaining their final lead of the game, 41-39, on a lay-up by sophomore guard Megan Chart at the 15:21 mark. However, the Pioneers began to pull away slightly with around 11 minutes to play, taking advantage of shooting 57 percent from the field and forcing the Muskies into 20 turnovers for the game.
"Walking away from it, I thought we played extremely hard and laid it all on the floor," Johnson said. "It was a battle the whole way, and at times our defense was some of the best we have played all year. We're kicking ourselves a little because we had a great opportunity to win that game. We need to learn to adjust to the other team's strengths, but there are a lot of positives we can take away from it."
Sophomore guard KC Blahnik paced the Muskies on offense with 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds, followed by senior Peggy Keiper and Chart with 13 points apiece. Keiper led the squad on the boards with nine.
The Muskies hope to put their lessons learned at Carroll to work as they kick off their Northern Athletics Conference schedule with Edgewood College on Thursday, Nov. 29.
"It was a good opportunity for us to play a Top 25 team going into the conference games," Johnson said. "I would like to see the same intensity I did tonight on Thursday. We need to be sure to set the tempo right from the get-go and not wait to react to what Edgewood does."
Game time with Edgewood is set for 7 p.m. at Lakeland.
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