Knueppel's Career High Leads To Comeback Win Over Blue Jays

Photo Credit: Steve Frommell, d3photography.com
Photo Credit: Steve Frommell, d3photography.com

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis.) poured in a career-high 32 points and the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team erased a 10-point halftime deficit by out-scoring visiting Elmhurst 27-9 in the third quarter, as the host Warriors defeated the Blue Jays 73-63 Wednesday night in non-conference action at the Recreation Complex. 

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 73, Elmhurst 63
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (3-1), Elmhurst (2-3)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Knueppel came out of the gates hot, scoring six of the first 10 points for the Warriors, with WLC holding a 10-7 lead midway through the first quarter of play.
  • Knueppel continued her scoring and had 13 of Wisconsin Lutheran's 18 points with one minute left in the first period.
  • The Blue Jays carried a 20-17 lead into the second quarter, but WLC used a 6-0 run to retake a 23-22 lead with five minutes remaining in the first half.
  • Elmhurst answered with a 13-2 run to close out the first half and took a 35-25 lead into the locker room.
  • Coreana Carson (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis.) connected on back-to-back triples to start the second half, bringing the Warriors within four points.
  • After an Elmhurst timeout, Knueppel knocked down another triple to cut the deficit to just one point with seven minutes to play in the third quarter.
  • After another Dowden three, Carson buried a triple from the top of the key to give Wisconsin Lutheran a 42-41 advantage with 4:17 left in the third quarter.
  • Carson continued her hot shooting, this time connecting on a three from the right wing to push the Warriors lead to four points.
  • Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.) scored the final four points of the third quarter for WLC, with the Warriors maintaining a 52-44 advantage.
  • A Dowden three extended the Wisconsin Lutheran lead to 10 points, its largest lead of the game, with 8:30 remaining in the game.
  • After three minutes of trading baskets, Dowden converted an old fashioned three-point play to put the Warriors back ahead by 10 with 4:45 on the clock.
  • Following five straight from the Blue Jays, Knueppel answered with another triple from the top of the key to put WLC back up by eight with under one minute to play.
  • Knueppel and Dowden converted from the free throw line in the final minute to secure the 73-63 victory for the Warriors.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Knueppel poured in a career-high 32 points, including 6-of-11 shooting from the three-point line.
  • Dowden stuffed the stat sheet, scoring 20 points and adding nine assists and seven rebounds.
  • Carson added 11 points, four rebounds, and three steals, while Tramburg chipped in seven points and four assists.
  • The Warriors connected on 50 percent from the field (25-of-50) and from beyond the arc (12-of-24), including a blistering 10-of-14 performance in the second half.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran converted 84.6 percent (11-of-13) of its attempts from the free throw line, including four in the final minute of play.
  • The Warriors forced 18 Elmhurst turnovers, while only committing 13.
  • Tonight's matchup was just the second meeting all-time between Wisconsin Lutheran and Elmhurst, with the series now knotted at 1-1. 

FOR THE FOES

  • Jasmin Bailey led a balanced attack for the Blue Jays with 15 points.
  • Lisa Logan added 14 points and four rebounds, while Kaela Jones scored 12 points and registered a team-high seven rebounds.
  • Elmhurst shot 48.9 percent (23-of-47) from the floor and 40 percent (8-of-20) from downtown.
  • The Blue Jays out-rebounded WLC 26-23 in the contest.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors resume NACC play Saturday when they host Dominican (3-2, 0-1 NACC) for their fifth straight home game at 4:15 p.m. Wisconsin Lutheran was victorious in both contests versus the Stars last season, with Knueppel averaging 22.5 points per game. Live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.