Maranatha Women's Basketball Defeats Northland

Release Courtesy of Maranatha Athletics

WATERTOWN, WI – The women's basketball team started out slow, came from behind, and blew by the Northland Pioneers in the second half of Friday's matchup, defeating the visiting team, 56-50, after suffering a 53-48 loss up in Dunbar, WI, on January 23rd.

The Crusaders failed to grab a lead in the first half, and both teams struggled to score off turnovers, and neither team scored until five and a half minutes into the game, and three minutes later, the Pioneers carried a 7-5 lead.

Northland went as far as a 21-14 lead, before freshman guard Julie Roer (Marinette, WI) took a Northland turnover, and scored in transition, then followed up with another easy basket, to grab a 21-18 lead.

The score would stand pat, going into the halftime break, but Coach Mo made some halftime tweeks, and the Crusaders bolted out of the gates, taking their first lead at the 17 minute mark, on a three by sophomore forward Stacy Reinke (Clintonville, WI), for a 28-25 advantage.

Then the Crusaders took a 14-4 run in the next several minutes, and scored more points in the first half, at the 12:50 minute mark, with a 38-27 lead.

The shots kept falling, and Maranatha got into the bonus at the nine-minute mark, grabbing their largest lead, 42-27, with 11 minutes left.

But Northland's Liz Humburg (Altoona, IA) put Northland back into contention with a three, and forced her team to a 56-48 deficit, with less than two minutes to play.

On Northland's next possession, Kate Matthai was fouled, missed a free throw, then grabbed her own, and was fouled on a made basket. Matthai made both shots, but Northland could not pull off the rally, failing to foul the Crusaders.

Maranatha held possession to grab their seventh win of the season. Senior center Laci Peterson (Chillicothe, IL) posted 16 points, and 10 rebounds after missing the first contest against the Pioneers, and Reinke, and Roer posted 12 points apiece.  

Maranatha moves on to face Grace Bible, next Saturday, February 15, at 1:00 p.m. at home.