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The Lakeland College women's basketball team improved to 9-6 in the Northern Athletics Conference after defeating Alverno College, 57-36, on Saturday, Feb. 10, in Milwaukee, Wis.
The Muskies (13-9) started out the game with shooting troubles similar to those they experienced in Thursday's game against Benedictine, netting only 28 percent of their attempts to allow the Inferno (2-21, 0-17 NAC) to keep the score a close 23-17 at the half. However, the squad recovered in the second half to shoot 50 percent from the field to build a lead.
"Overall, the entire team had a great second half," said head coach April Arvan. "We did a good job making adjustments to things we talked about at halftime."
Sophomore guard Kasey Gussert made her first career start count, scoring a game-high 15 points and knocking down five of her seven attempts from 3-point range while also grabbing five rebounds.
"She was obviously on," Arvan said of Gussert. "When she hit a couple, you could see her confidence went up. She did a good job of responding and took advantage of getting to start and more playing time. She also had a really good, solid stat line overall."
Senior forward Jenna Boehm followed closely with 14 points, only missing one of her six shot attempts, and tied with freshman guard KC Blahnik for a team-high in rebounds with seven. Freshman guard Megan Chart also contributed on the offensive end, scoring eight points, including two "3's," and handing out three assists.
The Muskies will continue NAC action tomorrow, Feb. 11, with a rescheduled game with Rockford College.
"I hope that the second half we had offensively spills into tomorrow," Arvan said. "The last 20 minutes we played today should create confidence for tomorrow, but tomorrow's a new day and we'll have to do the best we can."
Game time is set for 2 p.m. in Lakeland's Moose and Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.