Muskies continue win streak against Benedictine
Athletics - posted on 12/5/2009
The Lakeland College women's basketball team pushed its season-opening win streak to seven games with a 65-55 victory on Saturday against Benedictine in a Northern Athletics Conference contest at Moose & Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.
Senior KC Blahnik (Gladstone, Mich.) led Lakeland (7-0, 3-0) with 14 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the free throw line and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Junior Mary Dennewitz (Chicago, Ill.) and sophomore Alyssa Schuttenhelm (Waterford) also finished in double digits for Lakeland with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Despite continued shooting woes, Lakeland surged ahead at the end of the first half to take a 35-18 lead into halftime. Benedictine was held to 25 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes.
"I was pleased with how we started the game and took the lead," Lakeland head coach Teri Johnson said. "Benedictine adjusted well in the second half and we were fortunate to have the lead we did coming out of halftime."
Benedictine (3-4, 1-2) chipped away at the Lakeland lead, eventually cutting it down to nine points with 1:30 remaining in the second half. The Eagles shot 52 percent in the second half as the Muskie offense struggled, completing just 27 percent of their shots.
Lakeland was benefited by strong defense, forcing Benedictine into 28 turnovers and collecting 29 points off of turnovers.
"We don't want our defense to fail us," Johnson said. "As today showed, our defense helps us find ways to score. We need to keep working hard every game. Not only do the coaches expect it, but the players expect it from each other every day."
Lakeland returns to action on Tuesday, Dec. 8 for a Northern Athletics Conference game against Edgewood. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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