BISMARCK, N.D.- Lake Superior State women's basketball fell 68-61 on the road against the University of Mary to close out a winless weekend traveling through North Dakota to face Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opponents.
The Lakers (1-4) charged back from a 32-23 first-half deficit to trail 66-61 with 1:38 remaining in the game following a pair of made free throws by Natalie Peterson. The Marauders (4-3) would hang on to the slim lead, adding a pair of free throws to close out the fourth quarter.
LSSU shooters struggled to find their range from behind the three point line, going 4-for-16 (25.0 percent) on the afternoon. From the field the Lakers posted a respectable 46.3 shooting percentage overall and outscored the Marauders 24-20 in the paint.
Senior guard Mackenzie Edwards led the Lakers with 13 points and finished second on the team with five assists. Edwards hit 3-of-6 from behind the arc to lead the Lakers' outside shooting and added a pair of rebounds in 37 minutes of action.
Tamara Novic scored all 12 of the LSSU bench points on 6-of-8 shooting and added four rebounds in 17 minutes of reserve duty.
Peterson and sophomore center Rachel Novotny each hit double digits in scoring, with Peterson scoring 11 points and four rebounds and Novotny chipping in 10 points and three rebounds.
The Marauders were led by a game-high 16 points from guard Dani Williams. Williams also added four rebounds, four assists and a steal. Hannah Larson notched a game-high eight rebounds and also added 10 points and four blocks.
The Lakers return home to face another NSIC affiliate, Minnesota-Duluth, on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. LSSU opens Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play Dec. 1 at home against Ashland.