Dominant second half powers Muskies over Dominican
Athletics - posted on 2/6/2010
A strong second half defensive effort and balanced scoring attack carried the Lakeland College women's basketball team to its sixth consecutive win in a 61-42 defeat over Dominican in Northern Athletics Conference play Saturday afternoon at Moose & Dona Wolzen gymnasium.
Erin Cepa and Becca Tilleman came off of the bench to record seven and four steals, respectively, as the Muskies forced 25 Dominican turnovers and outscored the Stars 21-8 off of turnovers.
Lakeland (16-5, 11-3) led by as many as seven points in the first half until the Stars scored seven straight to bring the game to 19-19. The Muskies closed out the half on an 8-3 run to take a five point advantage into halftime.
"Dominican took advantage of us one on one in the first half, they attacked us and got us on our heels," Lakeland head coach Teri Johnson said. "At the half we focused on that and came out and played our defense. We took better care of the ball in the second half."
Lakeland responded midway through the second half with a three minute, 10 point run that gave the Muskies a 19 point lead and put the game out of reach against a Muskie defense that held Dominican to 7-30 shooting (23 percent) in the second half.
Dana Henrichs stepped up to lead all Lakeland scorers with nine points . Blahnik and Cepa each added eight points and Blahnik led the Muskies with 12 rebounds.
"This is a team that has confidence in themselves and each other," Johnson said. "We've had players step up in games all year and today it was Dana. We go into every game knowing that anyone can step up. We're a very deep team and it takes the pressure off our top scorers if they're having an off day."
Lisa Julkowski scored 11 points to lead Dominican (7-13, 3-11). Sarah Budz recorded the game's lone double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Lakeland returns to action on Tuesday, Feb. 6 with a 7 p.m. road match-up at Edgewood.
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