ST. PAUL - The Martin Luther College women's basketball team dropped to 1-1 in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference play with a 61-51 loss at Northwestern Friday night.
Defense was the story for Northwestern early in the game, building an 11-point lead at the half by holding the Knights to 37.5 percent shooting and 22 points in the first 20 minutes.
The Knights battled back in the second half, turning up the defensive pressure to force 12 turnovers after the break to help cut the deficit as low as six on several occasions, but they just weren't able to make enough shots, shooting 29.3 percent from the field in the second half on the way to the 10-point loss.
Leah Nass led MLC in scoring with 12 points off the bench. Hannah Hackbarth and Rebecca Engelbrecht each had 10 points, while Brittney Gossen led the team with nine rebounds and added four assists.
The Knights (3-10, 1-1) return to action at 3 p.m. today at North Central.
MLC men fall to Northwestern
ST. PAUL - The MLC men's basketball team held a seven-point halftime lead, but was unable to overcome a 3-point shooting barrage from Northwestern in an 82-70 UMAC loss Friday night.
MLC controlled the action for much of the first half, breaking a 12-12 tie in the early going with an 11-1 run on the way to a 44-37 lead at the break.
The Eagles came out firing in the second half, erasing the seven-point MLC lead with a 9-2 run in the first 1:13 of the half to tie the game 46-46.
Galen Holzhueter finished with a team-high 20 points for MLC, and also tied for the team lead with seven rebounds. Luke Rothe and Kaleb Buch joined him in double figures with 16 and 15 points, respectively, and grabbed seven rebounds apiece.
The Knights (1-12, 0-2) return to action at 5 p.m. today at North Central.