WATERTOWN, Wis. – Maranatha played it cool in the closing minutes against Edgewood, with a 65-49 win coming on free-throws and forced turnovers on Tuesday evening.
Maranatha opened up the game with an 11-2 lead on a layup by senior forward Torey DeLozier (Watertown, Wis.) and the defense hindered an Eagle’s offense that shot 24% from the field in the first half.
Edgewood charged back within four though on a layup by Brooke McBain at five minutes in the first half and managed a 24-19 halftime deficit.
The Eagles hit two shots to open the second period, cutting the lead down to one, and consistently held Maranatha to a single-digit lead.
Both teams struggled putting points on the board with the score knotted at 38-36, but a layup by senior center Laci Peterson (Chillicothe, Ill.) gave Maranatha breathing room before Edgewood cut the lead back down to 41-40 with 6:49 on the clock.
The momentum finally swung Maranatha’s way with five minutes remaining as senior guard Kristin Morrison (Jefferson, Wis.) hit a jumper and DeLozier drove for a layup and a 49-40 lead.
Maranatha went to the line to seal the win, shooting 70% on 19-27 shooting while taking advantage of late Edgewood turnovers to improve to 14-5, 10-5 in the NAC.
The ladies travel to Milwaukee, Wis. to face MSOE at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.