ST. PAUL - The Martin Luther College men's basketball team was unable to slow a University of Northwestern offense that made 16 3-pointers in a 92-52 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference loss on Saturday.
MLC's Galen Holzhueter became the school's career leader in points on Saturday. He scored nine points and surpassed Erica Babinec's career record of 1,644. He now has 1,653 points with two games left in his career.
The Knights, perhaps feeling the effects of Friday night's marathon double overtime loss at North Central, watched as the Eagles came out of the gates on fire to start the game.
UNW raced out to a 34-6 lead in the first 10 minutes, making nine of their first 10 shots from beyond the 3-point arc. The Eagles finished the first half 13-of-19 from long distance on the way to a 56-20 halftime lead they held the rest of the way.
MLC was able to get into a better offensive rhythm as the game progressed, but it was too late for them to catch up on the scoreboard. Luke Rothe finished as the lone MLC player in double figures with 19 points, and also led the team with six rebounds and five assists.
The Knights fell to 5-18 on the season and 4-8 in the UMAC in defeat, while UNW improved to 13-10 overall and 10-2 in league play with the win.
MLC will return to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday when it hosts Crown.
Eagles Shoot Past Knights
ST. PAUL - The Martin Luther College women's basketball team fell victim to a lights-out 3-point shooting display from the University of Northwestern in an 82-66 UMAC loss on Saturday.
The Eagles finished 16-of-33 from beyond the 3-point arc, with three different starters making at least four 3-pointers in the game. MLC was able to make seven of its 19 attempts from beyond the arc, but still was outscored by 27 points from distance for the game.
UNW was hot from the start, scoring the game's first 12 points before an Alex Anthon 3-pointer at the 15:26 mark finally got the Knights on the scoreboard.
MLC would come all the way back to take a 21-17 lead with 8:44 to play in the first half, but the Eagles responded with 17-4 run to close the half to take a 34-25 lead heading into the break.
Hannah Hackbarth finished the game with 19 points off the bench to lead MLC. Anthon joined her in double figures with 15 points, while Brittney Gosssen added nine points.
The Knights entered the day one game ahead of UNW in the standings, but the two teams are now tied with St. Scholastica (which lost to Minnesota-Morris Saturday) for second place in the conference with 9-3 records in the UMAC. MLC fell to 12-11 overall in defeat, while UNW improved to 17-6 on the season with the win.
MLC will return to action at 5:30 p.m. Friday when it hosts Crown College.