Muskies fall to Warriors, Magee injured
Athletics - posted on 12/7/2010
Junior forward Mallory Magee (Stockton, Ill.) led the Lakeland College women's basketball team with a game-high 19 points and team-high eight rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Muskies fell 58-48 to Northern Athletics Conference North division foe Wisconsin Lutheran College (5-0, 2-0).
Magee led the team in points and rebounds for the second straight game. Junior forward Alyssa Schuttenhelm (Waterford, Wis.) and senior guard Mary Dennewitz (Chicago, Ill.) added eight points each. Unfortunately for the Muskies, a 12-point first half deficit was too large to overcome.
The Muskies trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half, however, a steal and two free throws by Magee sparked an 11-2 run that brought the Muskies within four points with 1:58 remaining. Unfortunately for Lakeland, Magee suffered a knee injury that forced her to miss the remainder of the game. With Magee out, the Warriors went on a 9-3 run to finish the game. The loss was the second straight for the Muskies, dropping their record to 4-3, 2-2 in the NAC North division.
"I think that with Mal out, we still have the depth to step in and fill the void," said Lakeland head coach Teri Johnson. "Mal does a great job attacking on the inside but has that nice outside shot that throws opponents off. We have the depth to do both aspects well and we just need players to step up and play a larger role."
The Muskies trailed 25-13 at the half as they shot just 19 percent from the field, 8 percent from three and didn't attempt a free throw. The Warriors didn't shoot much better, shooting 31 percent from the field, but hit 8 of 12 free throws. Both teams improved in the second half, the Muskies shot 50 percent from the field, 25 percent from three, and 9 of 10 from the charity stripe. The Warriors shot 59 percent from the field, 44 percent from three, and 9 of 11 from the charity stripe.
For the game, Lakeland shot 32 percent, 15 percent from three and attempted just 10 free throws. The defense struggled though, allowing Wisconsin Lutheran to shoot 42 percent from the field, 31 percent from three and attempt 23 free throws, converting 17 of them.
"We weren't taking shots within our offense," said Johnson. "We took some uncharacteristic shots and they forced us to take some difficult shots that we don't usually take. We should have gotten better looks. We didn't capitalize on their 31 turnovers."
Rachel Johnson led the Warriors with a team-high 16 points and had a game-high 12 rebounds.
Lakeland returns to the Woltzen Gymnasium on Thursday, December 9, as they host NAC North division foe Concordia, Wis. Tip-off is 7 p.m.
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