Paulsen hits milestone in MLC loss

Information courtesy of MLC Athletics

ST. PAUL — The Martin Luther College men’s basketball team was unable to slow down the high-powered offense of Upper Midwest Athletic Conference-leading Northwestern-St. Paul in a 101-79 defeat on Saturday.

Ian Paulsen finished with 18 points, six assists and five rebounds, and also became the 12th player in MLC men’s basketball program history to score at least 1,000 career points.

The Eagles raced out of the gates in the first half, shooting 55.6% from the field and 42.9% from beyond the 3-point arc on the way to a 53-35 halftime lead.

MLC did its best to hang around in the second half with the help of 12 points off the bench from Micah Kieselhorst, but was unable to cut the deficit closer than 13 points the rest of the way.

UNW finished the game shooting 52.9% overall and made 11 total 3-pointers. The Knights countered with 42.9% from the field and went 9-of-23 from downtown.

Austin DeNoyer led the Knights with 21 points to go with nine rebounds and four assists.

MLC fell to 4-17 on the season and 1-12 in UMAC play in defeat. UNW improved to 16-6 overall and 12-1 in league play with the win.

The Knights will return home on Wednesday when they host North Central in the home finale. That game is scheduled to tip off at 5:30 p.m.

Women’s basketball

ST. PAUL — The MLC women’s basketball team was unable to keep pace with Northwestern-St. Paul in a 76-49 loss on Saturday.

The Eagles shot 57.1% from the field in each of the first two quarters on the way to taking a 47-17 halftime lead, and then cruised to the win in the second half.

UNW shot 47.6% for the game and was especially strong inside the arc, where it made 25-of-44 attempts (56.8%).

MLC struggled on the offensive end, shooting 20% in the first half on the way to 27.8% for the game while also committing 21 turnovers.

Emily Witkowski led the Knights with 12 points. Cassandra Rose added 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench.

The Knights fell to 3-18 on the season and 3-10 in UMAC play in defeat. UNW improved to 14-8 overall and 10-3 in league play with the win.

MLC will return home on Wednesday when it hosts North Central in the home finale. Tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.