CHICAGO, Ill. – The Illinois Tech women's basketball team hosted Lakeland University on Saturday for a Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference contest. After an abnormally slow start to the contest on both sides, the Muskies (7-2, 4-1 NACC) downed the Scarlet Hawks (0-9, 0-5 NACC) 68-29.
How it Happened
- The first 5:20 of the contest went scoreless for both teams, with Lakeland's Miranda Jacobsen breaking the drought with a three-pointer. Over the first six minutes of play, there were as many jump balls as points scored (five).
- While the first quarter was an offensive struggle, it ended with a basket for both squads. Erin Efimoff scored on a left-handed layup with 10 seconds left before Lakeland's Janai' Farr hit a three as time expired, giving the Muskies a 12-4 lead after one.
- Efimoff was able to generate some offense for Tech, scoring six points in the second quarter. However, the Muskies scored 24 points, once against closing out the frame on a Farr basket.
- Lakeland rode its offense even more in the third, outscoring the Scarlet Hawks 23-9 to go up 59-24 heading into the fourth.
- The Muskie bench was instrumental in the fourth, extending the lead with good shooting from the outside to the 68-29 final score.
Stats to Know
- Efimoff tallied 13 points to lead the Scarlet Hawks while also contributing four rebounds. She attempted 18 of the team's 35 shots.
- Tech was close in the rebounding department, with Lakeland winning the count 38-33.
- Lakeland committed 22 fouls, leading to 27 Scarlet Hawk free throw attempts.
- The Scarlet Hawks will return to game action after Christmas. Tech will host Concordia University Wisconsin on Saturday, December 29 at 2:00 p.m. Live audio, video, and stats will be available. The live audio will be powered by Illinois Tech.