How would the Mount Marty College women’s basketball team respond to consecutive lopsided losses?

If that was the question coming into the weekend, this was the answer: With a win over a ranked team.

Behind a dominant performance on the glass and a 32-of-40 clip on free throws, the Lancers upset No. 21-ranked Hastings 80-70 in overtime Saturday in GPAC action at Cimpl Arena.

Talk about a response.

“This is a great win,” said MMC senior Sammy Kasowski, who scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

“It’s a feel good moment for us.”

And a much-needed one for the Lancers (10-9, 4-9), who had suffered conference losses by 26 and 30 points in the previous week.

“I thought our mental approach was so good today,” head coach Todd Schlimgen said.

“We came out with so much energy, and that’s what you always want to see.”

The Lancers were also tougher than they have been in recent games, Kasowski said — and that was a message to the team last week.

“Coach stressed being tougher and that’s what we were today,” Kasowski said.

As proof of that, Mount Marty out-rebounded the Broncos 46-32 and were aggressive in getting to the basket.

“We didn’t think we’ve been as tough,” Schlimgen said. “We’ve let teams dictate what we do, but today we rebounded, we attacked and we hit some shots.”

Perhaps the biggest shot of the game came from MMC junior Ali Kuca, whose three-pointer with 2:42 left pushed the Lancer lead to 74-70.

The cushion reached six on a basket by sophomore Karlee McKinney, and Kasowski closed out the MMC scoring by making four free throws — she was a perfect 9-of-9 at the line.

Mount Marty also got 16 points and eight rebounds from junior Jamie Tebben, 16 points and five assists from McKinney, and 11 points from junior Ali Kuca.

It was Kasowski’s performance, though, that paced the Lancers.

“She’s been battling some injuries, but it’s so much fun to see her play well,” Schlimgen said.

Hastings (10-9, 6-7), meanwhile, got 18 points from Kaitlyn Schmit and 15 points from Mackenzie Willicott.

The Broncos are one of six ranked GPAC teams, which means there are always opportunities for a big win, according to Schlimgen.

“As we always talk about, in our conference you have so many chances to get one of those feel good wins, and you have to take advantage of them,” he said.

The question now is, how can the Lancers use Saturday’s win heading into next Wednesday’s road game at nationally-ranked Dordt?

“Hopefully we can take this fire and use that going forward,” Kasowski said.

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HASTINGS (10-9, 6-7 GPAC)

Emma Grenfell 3-12 2-2 8; Mackenzie Willicott 6-11 2-2 15; Kaitlyn Schmit 7-15 0-0 18; Gabby Grasso 3-11 1-2 7; Sophia Pankratz 1-2 2-2 5; Taylor Beacom 1-5 0-0 2; Tatum Stenger 0-2 2-2 2; Ali Smith 2-4 4-4 8; Kelsie Zadina 0-4 0-0 0; Harper Sheets 2-5 1-1 5. TOTALS 25-71 14-15 70.

MOUNT MARTY (10-9, 4-9 GPAC)

Ali Kuca 3-12 2-2 11; Karlee McKinney 4-14 6-8 16; Karissa Chamley 2-5 2-2 7; Sammy Kasowski 4-8 9-9 17; Jamie Tebben 3-6 8-10 16; Molly Koisti 2-2 2-3 6; Danielle Wieseler 0-0 0-0 0; Taylor Noid 0-0 0-0 0; Kaylee Granum 0-0 0-0 0; Hannah Williams 0-0 0-0 0; Kelli Steffen 2-4 2-2 6; Peyton Stolle 0-1 1-4 1. TOTALS 20-52 32-40 80.

HASTINGS 17 9 19 20 5 — 70

MOUNT MARTY 16 13 16 20 15 — 80

Three-Pointers — MMC 8-25 (Kuca 3-12, Tebben 2-4, McKinney 2-6, Chamley 1-1, Kasowski 0-2), HAS 6-25 (Schmit 4-8, Pankratz 1-1, Willicott 1-4, Beacom 0-1, Smith 0-1, Stenger 0-2, Zadina 0-3, Grenfell 0-5). Total Rebounds — MMC 46 (Kasowski 11), HAS 32 (Willicott 7). Assists — HAS 14 (Grenfell 6), MMC 13 (McKinney 5). Turnovers — MMC 26, HAS 17. Personal Fouls — HAS 28, MMC 18. Fouled Out — Grasso. Attendance — 474.

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