ST. BONIFACIUS, Minn.-- Saturday's women's basketball tilt between North Central and Crown College was a physical and foul filled affair. The Rams did enough on offense and defense to control the Storm attack to earn a 55-43 road win in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference action.
North Central (6-12, 2-9 UMAC) got points on their first possession and after the Storm tied the game 90 seconds into the first quarter. NCU answered with a bucket on the ensuing trip and never trailed again the rest of the way. All evening both teams were saddled with fouls as the two combined for 48 personal fouls in 40 minutes while also turning the ball over a combined 39 times.
With so many fouls the game would be decided by shooting percentage and free throws. The Rams held Crown to two field goals and .140 shooting in the first quarter and just 17 points over the first two quarters. Over the full 40 minutes NCU held the Storm to .246 (15-61) from the floor. Despite only hitting 15 shots themselves, NCU made up the difference at the charity stripe, going 19-27 (.704) while Crown was just 12-22 (.545). NCU also hit six shots from beyond the three point line while Crown went 1-15 on the evening.
Freshman Ellee Laws (Washington, Iowa/Ogden) led all players with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Senior Lizzy Swanson (Askov, Minn./East Central) add 11 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds. No Crown player reached double figures.
North Central will look to continue their momentum next Wednesday with a trip to Martin Luther College (New Ulm, Minn.). The Rams and Knights are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.