Cold-Shooting Muskies Freeze vs. Edgewood
Athletics - posted on 1/22/2008
The Lakeland College women's basketball team made its Northern Athletics Conference contest with Edgewood College close, but the Muskies were unable to find the offense to match their defense as they fell, 56-52, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Madison, Wis.
The Muskies (7-10, 4-6 NAC) forced the host Eagles into 20 turnovers for the game, but shot an icy 24.2 percent from the floor, 8.7 percent from 3-point range, as a team to miss out on the opportunity to build a lead.
"We did not shoot the ball well at all," said Lakeland head coach Teri Johnson. "We had some wide-open looks and lay-ups that we didn't connect on. We had a lot of opportunities in this game, but we didn't capitalize on them."
In spite of their troubles on offense and a rough start to the game, the Muskies were still within striking distance throughout the greater part of the contest. Lakeland tied the Eagles for the first time of the night, 50-50, on a made free throw by sophomore guard KC Blahnik with 1:53 remaining in the game.
However, Edgewood went on to score five unanswered points to regain the lead, 55-50. Senior forward Brenda Paulson knocked down a jumper with eight seconds remaining to put Lakeland within three, but it was too little too late.
"We pressured the whole game and caused some turnovers, but Scheele had one of her games," said Johnson of Edgewood's top scorer, Megan Scheele, who finished with a game-high double-double with 24 points and 15 rebounds.
Blahnik topped the scoring and rebounding columns for the Muskies with her third double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds. She also helped Lakeland reach one of its better percentages of the night, as she went 9-for-10 from the free throw line to enable the squad to shoot 83 percent overall from the charity stripe.
Paulson was the other bright spot for Lakeland on offense, as she tallied 15 points and made five of her nine field-goal attempts.
Lakeland will need to see a marked improvement on offense if they hope to defeat Benedictine University on Saturday, Jan. 26, as the squad returns home for a NAC doubleheader.
"We're still in the position where we have to win all of our home games from here on out," Johnson said. "We have to learn from this and build off of it."
Game time with Benedictine is set for 2 p.m. at Lakeland, followed by the men's game at 4:15 p.m.
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