MLC women win UMAC opener over North Central

MINNEAPOLIS — The Martin Luther College women’s basketball team rolled to a 83-52 win at North Central University in Wednesday’s Upper Midwest Athletic Conference opener.

The Knights (3-6) dominated play from the start and built a 23-10 lead after the first quarter and went into the half with a 43-26 edge.

MLC put the game away for good in the third quarter, out-scoring the Rams 29-5 to push the lead over 40 points on the way to the win.

Grace Schultz led the way for MLC with 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field. She also led the Knights with three assists and a pair of steals.

Jade St. Germaine and Ruth Buchholz each scored 10 points for MLC, with St. Germaine also grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds. 12 different MLC players scored at least two points and made at least one field goal in the game.

Men’s basketball

MINNEAPOLIS — The Martin Luther College men’s basketball team was unable to slow down a hot-shooting North Central University team in a 101-83 loss in Wednesday’s UMAC opener.

The Knights (0-7) won the back and forth between the two teams in the first half and emerged from the first 20 minutes with a 45-43 lead thanks to 12 points from point guard Nate Lindloff and six 3-point field goals in the opening half.

The Rams took control to start the second half, however. NCU opened the half with a 13-2 run to take a nine-point lead and finished the half shooting 57.9 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from 3-point range.

Lindloff led the Knights with 16 points and five assists. Ian Paulsen scored 12 points and led the team with 13 rebounds and four steals. Richard Eckmann and Joshua Schroeder finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively, while Jared Ruffin chipped in a career-high 12 points off the bench.

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