Muskies drop first game of season at Occidental
Athletics - posted on 12/20/2009
The Lakeland College women's basketball team saw its season-opening nine game win streak come to a close on Sunday afternoon as the Muskies fell 62-58 in a non-conference contest against Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif.
KC Blahnik (Gladstone, Mich.) turned in one of her best performances of the season, leading both teams with 21 points on 7 of 14 shooting and 7 of 11 at the foul line and a game-high 13 rebounds.
"We're disappointed with how we didn't show up tonight," Lakeland head coach Teri Johnson said. "We were prepared coming into the game but weren't mentally at the level we need to be at."
Trailing 7-0 three minutes into the first half, Lakeland (9-1, 5-0 NAC) rattled off nine consecutive points to take its first lead of the day. Neither team was able to stretch a lead to more than five points in the remainder of the half as Occidental (6-2) took a 26-23 lead into the break.
The Muskies were able to cut the deficit down to two points early in the second half before Occdental went on a nine-point run to stretch its lead to 11 points.
Lakeland eventually erased that lead and took its first lead of the half as Blahnik sunk a pair of free throws with 2:28 remaining. Occidental quickly converted a lay up and a free throw to complete a three-point play to regain the lead for good.
Mary Dennewitz (Chicago, Ill.) was the only other Muskie to reach double figures with 11 points.
Lakeland struggled with its perimeter shooting on the day, making just 2 of 12 shot attempts from behind the 3-point line (16.7 percent). The Muskies shot 34 percent from the floor in the game.
"We need to bring more energy tomorrow," Johnson said. " We weren't consistent with that today. Redlands is a good team that plays up-tempo and we need to be ready to match that."
Lakeland concludes its two-game California trip today with a 9:30 p.m. contest against the University of Redlands.
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