Muskies knock off MSOE in NAC Challenge Game
Athletics - posted on 2/21/2009
SHEBOYGAN-The Lakeland College women's basketball team closed the regular season with a 62-43 victory over MSOE in the inaugural Northern Athletics Conference Challenge Game Saturday afternoon at Moose and Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.
Tied at four early in the first half, Chelsea Coenen (Wrightstown) scored the first five points of a nine point Muskie run as Lakeland jumped ahead to a 13-4 lead.
Hitting back-to-back threes, MSOE closed the gap by pulling within one in its next three possessions, scoring seven straight.
Lakeland would take charge once more before halftime, using a 13-2 run to end the first half ahead 31-21.
The Muskies shot 52 percent from the field as a team in the first half.
"Our movement between out post players and our guards today was tremendous," Lakeland head coach Teri Johnson said. "We've been working on that the past week and a half, and today we finally began to put it together."
Lakeland continued its hot shooting out of the half, scoring the first two baskets in the first minute out of the break. The Muskies never led by less than nine and pushed the lead out to 20 before closing out the game with a 19 point lead.
"We came into today looking at the game being our bench versus their bench," said Johnson. "They play with fewer players and we wanted to use that to our advantage. Katie Kilton (Waukesha) had a big game down low, Mary Dennewitz (Chicago, Ill.) had a solid game with eight points and four assists, and Erin Cepa (Glenview, Ill.) probably had her best game of the year with how well she is starting to see the floor."
KC Blahnik led the Muskies in points for the 11th time this season, scoring 14 on 5-7 shooting on the day with a perfect 4-4 mark from the free throw line. She also added a team-high nine rebounds.
Autumn Gaylor (Ingleside, Ill.) added 13 points of her own, shooting 6-9 from the field, and Kilton also contributed 13 points off the bench.
The Muskies shot 47 percent for the game, 12 percent better than the visiting Raiders.
Lakeland also scored a tremendous 19 more points off turnovers, compiling a 28-9 advantage. The Muskies also dominated on the boards, collecting 36 rebounds to MSOE's 24.
Kathy Collingbourne paced MSOE with 11 points on the day as Leading Scorer Carol Cayo was held to just two points.
"We played a complete game today," said Johnson. "We were a little sloppy at times, but we cleaned it up and are happy with how we played heading into the conference tournament."
The Muskies open the 2009 NAC Tournament Tuesday, Feb. 24 with a visit to Aurora. The Muskies dropped the lone meeting between the two schools 60-63 on Jan. 17. Tip-off Tuesday is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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