ELLENDALE, N.D. - North Central University women's basketball (8-12, 3-9 UMAC) defeated Trinity Bible College Lions (12-7, 10-1 NIAC), 73-58, in a National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) matchup. Tonight's game marked the seventh of the last eight games in which the Rams were on the road due to a campus wide winter break due to Super Bowl LII. In the win, three Rams scored double-figure points and Allison Bulthuis (Prinsburg, Minn./Central Minnesota Christian) tied her game and career-high with 16 points.
North Central opened the game on a 10-2 run over the Lions and did not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game. Bethany Shield (Lincoln, Neb./Southwest) had six points in the first quarter giving the Rams a 19-14 lead after the first 10 minutes of play. The Rams shooting efforts continued in the second quarter with Bulthuis scoring five of her 16 and three different Rams addeding four points each. North Central lead 37-32 going into halftime.
Following the break, Bulthuis continued her dominance from the floor adding eight more points and shooting perfect from the floor. North Central outscored Trinity 21-10 in the third quarter giving the Rams the advantage going into the last ten minutes of play. Lizzy Swanson (Askov, Minn./East Central) added seven points for the Rams in the fourth quarter resulting in the Rams win.
North Central outrebounded Trinity 30-21 and committed fewer turnovers than Trinity 21-10. The Rams capitalized on the Lions mistakes scoring 24 points off turnovers.
The Rams will have a five day break before traveling to Ashland, Wis. in an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) matchup with The Lumberjills of Northland College. North Central won the first meeting between the Rams and Lumberjills, 53-39. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.