Macalester too much for MLC to handle

November 22, 2016 GMT

NEW ULM - Martin Luther College’s fourth quarter rally fell short against Macalester College 65-57 in nonconference women’s basketball on Monday.

MLC came into its home opener looking for its first win of the season and despite battling to the final buzzer, it could not come up with the victory.

Grace Schultz led the Knights in scoring with 15 points. Jade St. Germaine also added 14 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double. Regan Fruh led Macalester in scoring with 17 points.

Macalester started the game off with six straight points, but MLC quickly responded with 10 unanswered points to take the lead.

MLC led to start the second quarter 14-13, but it quickly lost the lead on a Macalester 3-pointer. Macalester put together an 11-2 scoring run which prompted MLC coach Dan Garwisch to use a timeout.

MLC was outscored in the second period 26-17. Macalester shot 53.3 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from 3-point range at halftime, but a stronger defensive effort by MLC in the second half brought Macalester’s numbers down to 47.4 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from beyond the arc at the end of the game.

MLC allowed four 3-pointers from Macalester in the first half, but only gave up one 3-pointer in the second half. Garwisch was pleased by his team’s effort and hard work especially defensively in the second half.

“Very proud of their effort and their drive to push one another,” Garwisch said. “Defensive intensity picked up in the second half as well and that’s a big positive. We haven’t had a ton of practice time together as a full squad yet and so every time we’ve taken the floor we’ve gotten better, so that’s a huge positive to see.”

MLC’s shooting remained consistent all game, shooting 32.2 percent from the floor at the half and finishing at 32.8 percent. The Knights shot just 18.8 percent from the 3-point line. Shooting the ball effectively was something that definitely hurt the Knights in their goal of picking up their first win.

“We need to get better, higher quality shots on the offensive end in general,” Garwisch said. “We’re taking too many quick looks and they’re not bad looks, but we can get better looks and that’s what we’ve got to fight for. We have got to stay patient for those offensively.”

MLC Falls to 0-4 on the year. It will host Bethany Lutheran College in an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference game on Dec. 3.