MANKATO, Minn.-- Once again the Rams found the road a tough place to be when looking for momentum. The Rams fell behind by double figures late in the first half and spent much of the rest of the game trying to overcome that deficit to no avail in a 59-49 loss to Bethany Lutheran College.
North Central (5-14, 1-8 UMAC) is still in search of their second Upper Midwest Athletic Conference win after a tough loss on Saturday evening. The Rams fell behind early but managed to stay within less than ten for much of the first half. The Vikings were able to create some distance over the final five minutes and went to the half up 36-24.
The first five minutes of the second half saw the Rams fight back to within 38-33 when freshman Lizzy Swanson (Askov, Minn./East Central) got a lay-up to go that capped a 7-0 NCU run. Bethany Lutheran answered to push the difference back to 42-33 with 13:35 left in the game.
As they have done for many of the games over the last month, North Central never conceded the game and managed to fight back to within 44-40 on a steal from junior Jamie High (Buffalo, Minn./Buffalo) that eventuall resulted in her getting a lay-up with 9:53 remaining. The Vikings pushed the margin back to six before Lizzy Swanson hit a three-pointer with 8:20 left that made it 48-45.
However, the Rams went on a nearly six minute scoreless stretch and BLC was able to take control. The Vikings ended the game on 8-1 run that resulted in the final scoreline.
Lizzy Swanson equaled a game high 15 points with 3 assists. Jamie High matched Swanson with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
North Central will return home for the final four games of the regular season. Friday NCU hosts The College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, Minn.) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday the Rams host Northland College (Ashland, Wis.) in a Valentines day meeting with the only squad the Rams have defeated in UMAC play thus far in 2015.