MINNEAPOLIS, Minn - Despite a narrow halftime lead, the North Central University women's basketball team was unable to hold off the University of Northwestern-St. Paul in an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday night. The Eagles prevailed over the Rams by a score of 59-51. NCU (2-4, 0-2) shot 29 percent from the field (17-for-57) while UNW (5-4, 2-0) shot 45 percent from the field going 24-for-53 on the night.
Heading into halftime the Rams led by four points. Over the first half NCU shot 40 percent from the field while going 4-for-13 from three point range and a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line. Seven Rams added points in the first half with Lizzy Swanson leading the way with eight points while Alexandria Lindsay added six points while coming off the bench.
In the second half the game remained tight as UNW tied things up at 28-28 in the third quarter with a layup from Taryn Tumbleson. Lizzy Swanson extended a Ram lead to 33-30 with two made free throws with 7:41 left in the third quarter. A 10-0 run from the Eagles gave the lead back to UNW as short time remained in the third quarter. The Rams responded to cut into the deficit as they trailed 42-39 heading into the fourth and final quarter.
UNW extended their lead to 46-39 before the Rams stormed back. Two made free throws from Alexandria Lindsay tied the game at 46-46 with six minutes remaining. The Rams continued to trail as a made jumper from Abby Peterson gave the Eagles a five point advantage with one minute remaining in the game. Despite efforts to foul and work their way back into the game, the Rams were unable to keep pace with the Eagles as UNW sealed an eight point advantage for their second UMAC victory in the early parts of the 2017-2018 season.
NCU was led offensively by Lizzy Swanson as she scored 16 points with seven rebounds. Alexandria Lindsay added nine points as she went 2-for-6 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Haley Modahl added nine points and six rebounds while Bethany Shield added seven points with four rebounds and five assists.
The Rams will be back in action on Wednesday, December 13th at 7:30 PM as they travel to St. Scholastica for another Upper Midwest Athletic Conference contest. Next Saturday, December 16th the Rams will host Crown College in Clark Danielson Gymnasium at 5:00 p.m.