Muskies offensive struggles continue
Athletics - posted on 1/13/2011
The Lakeland College women's basketball team suffered their third straight loss on Thursday night, 55-41 to Edgewood College.
Lakeland (5-9, 2-6 NAC) kept the game close early, with outstanding defense; however, a lack of offensive production would cost the Muskies. Becca Paulson gave the Muskies a 5-3 lead at the 14:11 mark in the first half, but that would be the only lead Lakeland would have.
Edgewood (9-5, 7-1 NAC) used suffocating defense to stifle the Muskies as Lakeland shot just 21 percent (7-34) from the field in the first half. The Eagles weren't much better, shooting just 29 percent (9-31) from the field, but they hit seven of ten free throws while the Muskies didn't attempt a free throw in the first half. The Eagles would take a 12 point lead into the half.
Lakeland cut the lead to seven points, 29-22 at the 16:39 mark in the second half, but couldn't find any rhythm on offense and the Eagles would pull away to a 14-point win.
The Muskies shot just 29 percent (18-62) from the field, 12.5 percent (1-8) from the three-point arc and 57 percent (4-7) from the charity stripe. Meanwhile, Edgewood shot 35 percent (20-58) from the field, 33 percent (3-9) from the three-point arc and 71 percent (12-17) from the free throw line. The Eagles also out-rebounded the Muskies 52-31, with 22 coming on the offensive glass.
Junior forward Alyssa Schuttenhelm led the Muskies with 12 points. Sophomore Dana Henrichs and junior Rachel Diedrich grabbed seven rebounds each, while Diedrich scored a season-high 11 points.
Edgewood's Shae Beckwith had a game-high 14 points.
The Muskies will look to end their streak when they return to the Moose and Dona Woltzen Gymnasium to face Northern Athletics Conference south division foe, Marian University. Tip-off is 7 p.m.
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