Women's Basketball Finds Offense, Knocks Out Maranatha
Athletics - posted on 12/8/2007
The Lakeland College women's basketball team cruised to an easy 73-43 Northern Athletics Conference victory over Maranatha Baptist Bible College on Saturday, Dec. 8, in Watertown, Wis.
Although the Muskies (4-3, 2-2 NAC) had struggled slightly on offense in the past few games, the squad made a marked improvement on their shooting percentage against the Crusaders, registering a 42 percent effort from the floor for the game.
Lakeland got off to a quick start in the first half, as senior guard Peggy Keiper knocked down the first of her seven 3-pointers 30 seconds into the game. The Muskies continued to build a lead throughout the half with the help of a barrage of 3-pointers from Keiper, freshman guard Mary Dennewitz and junior guard Kasey Gussert to go up, 41-30, at halftime.
"I'm really pleased with how we started out the game," said head coach Teri Johnson. "We knew the first two to three minutes of the game were very important, and I challenged our starters to set the tone early. I can't say enough good things of how well we started out on defense. It really helped spark our offense in the beginning of the game, which is something we have been trying to accomplish all season."
The Muskies continued to turn up the heat on the Crusaders in the second half, going on a 10-0 run in the first five minutes of the period. Lakeland kept up the pressure on the defensive end as well, holding their hosts to 14 percent shooting from the floor for the half and forcing them into 21 turnovers for the game.
Keiper finished with a game-high 23 points, and shot a staggering 70 percent from long-range. The squad was also able to enjoy a broad range of contributing scorers led by sophomore forward Emily Agner, who came off the bench to tally eight points in just as many minutes.
"Peggy shot amazing from the outside," Johnson said. "It was nice to have a total team-effort and see everyone get some minutes."
Sophomore guard KC Blahnik led the rebounding efforts for the Muskies with six boards while also chipping in six points and three steals. Gussert and sophomore guard Megan Chart also registered six points in the game.
The Muskies will have a week to prepare for their next NAC contest, as they will return to their home court to face Rockford College on Saturday, Dec. 15. Game time is set for 2 p.m.
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