Huge Second Half Sends Warriors To Big Win Over Inferno

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Coreana Carson (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis.) each scored 23 points to lead the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team to its sixth straight win, 87-45, over Alverno Saturday night. The Warriors out-scored the Inferno 55-18 in the second half of their first road game of the season.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 87, Alverno 45
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (6-1, 4-0 NACC), Alverno (2-4, 1-3 NACC)
  • Location: Reiman Gymnasium, Milwaukee, Wis.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After Dowden got an easy layup on the opening possession, both teams struggled from the field early as Alverno held a 4-2 lead with 4:23 remaining in the opening quarter.
  • Carson broke the 5:38 scoring drought with a three-pointer and WLC scored on its ensuing two possessions to take an 8-6 lead with just under three and a half remaining in the first period.
  • Dowden drained a three-pointer just before time expired to tie the game at 13-13 after the first 10 minutes of action.
  • Dowden stayed hot in the second quarter, scoring the Warriors' first six points to give the Green and White a 19-15 lead.
  • Carson's layup with 0:51 seconds left in the half gave Wisconsin Lutheran its largest lead of the first half at seven, 32-25.
  • The Inferno kept it close with a pair of free throws as WLC led 32-27 at the break.
  • Dowden led all scorers with 16 in the first half, eight in each quarter. WLC shot 41.9 percent from the floor and forced eight turnovers.
  • Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.) buried back-to-back triples to give WLC a double-digit lead at 41-31 with 6:06 left in the third quarter.
  • Carson and Dowden combined for the final 12 points of the third quarter for WLC.
  • The Warriors held AC to just two points over the final 4:52 and without a field goal over the final 6:24 as WLC out-scored Alverno 29-6 in the third quarter.
  • Caitlin Knueppel's (Wauwatosa, Wis.) layup pushed the Warriors' lead to 35 as they doubled up AC 70-35 with 8:28 left.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran's lead hit 41 on a Nikita Conroy (West Allis, Wis.) layup.
  • Conroy scored 10 points in the fourth quarter as WLC closed out the conference victory, 87-45.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Dowden was a rebound shy of a double-double as she finished with 23 points and nine boards.
  • Carson recorded a career-high 23 points, five boards, and three assists.
  • Tramburg reached double figures for the second consecutive game, finishing with 11 points.
  • The Warriors' bench contributed in a big way with Conroy finishing with 10 points and Lexi Reinke (Bonduel, Wis.) stuffed the stat sheet, scoring six points while grabbing six boards, dishing out three assists, and collecting four steals.
  • The Warriors shot 54.2 percent (32-of-59) from the field, including 67.9 percent in the second half.
  • The Warriors' defense smothered the Inferno, holding them to just 29.8 percent shooting and forcing 21 turnovers which they turned into 32 points.

FOR THE FOES

  • Kendra Patterson, Dani Hood, and Gabby Hood all finished with nine points to lead Alverno.
  • Alverno forced 12 turnovers in the contest.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors have a week off for finals before hosting St. Francis (Ill.) (7-4) in non-conference action Tuesday, December 19. Tip-off is scheduled inside the Recreation Complex for 7:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available for the contest at WLCSports.com.