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The Lakeland College women's basketball team shot 22 percent in the second half Saturday, giving up a nine point halftime lead in a 60-50 loss to Dominican in a Northern Athletics Conference contest in River Falls, Ill.
The Muskies appeared to be in control midway through the first half, breaking an 8-8 tie with a 16 point run as six Muskies scored in that stretch to take a commanding 24-8 lead with 8:17 remaining in the half.
Looking to finish the first half strong, Erin Cepa (Glenview, Ill.) hit a 3-pointer with 2:24 on the clock, giving Lakeland a 33-18 lead. The Stars closed the half on a six point run, knocking down two free throws with one second remaining as Lakeland took a 33-24 advantage into the break.
Out of halftime, the Muskies struggled to keep pace with Dominican as the Stars quickly went on a 24-5 run in the first 10 minutes, taking a 48-38 lead.
Lakeland ran off an 8-0 run in the ensuing possessions, cutting the gap to two on an Autumn Gaylor (Ingleside, Ill.) layup at the 7:38 mark.
The Stars then scored the next seven points of the game, bumping their lead back to nine. The Muskies got within five before failing to score in the last 3:03 of the half in the 10 point loss.
Gaylor paced the Lakeland offense, scoring 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting and contributed 6 rebounds. KC Blahnik (Gladstone, Mich.) added 10 points of her own with seven boards and Katie Kilton (Waukesha) scored eight points off the bench.
The Muskies connected on only 31 percent of their shots from the floor, making eight field goals in the second half for the second consecutive game.
The host Stars dominated on the glass, picking up 56 rebounds to Lakeland's 39 with a 22-10 edge on offensive rebounds.
Megan Molloy scored a game-high 19 points with 16 rebounds as four starters for the Stars scored all 60 points on the day.
The Muskies, third in the north division, return home Tuesday in a matchup with second place Edgewood at 7 p.m. in Moose and Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.