Warriors Shoot Past St. Francis For Seventh Straight Win

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

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) - Four players scored in double-figures and the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team shot a season-high 57.1 percent from the floor en route to a convincing 73-54 non-conference win over NAIA Division II No. 14 St. Francis (Ill.) Tuesday night inside the Recreation Complex.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 73, St. Francis 54
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (7-1), St. Francis (8-5)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Warriors busted out to a 9-2 lead three-and-a-half minutes into the first quarter, before the Fighting Saints scored eight straight points to take their only lead of the game at 10-9.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran closed the quarter on an 8-2 run for a 17-12 lead after the first 10 minutes of play.
  • St. Francis came within two points early in the second quarter, but WLC wouldn't let the visitors get any closer. The Warriors used a 7-0 run later in the period to increase their lead to 13 points at 37-24. Wisconsin Lutheran led by double-digits for the final 2:53 of the quarter and carried a 39-29 lead into halftime.
  • WLC shot a blistering 70 percent in the second quarter and was led by Jen Dowden's (Bonduel, Wis.) 10 points in the first half.
  • The Warriors maintained their double-digit lead all throughout the third quarter, leading by 15 points on three different occasions. USF was held to just nine points in the quarter as Wisconsin Lutheran went ahead 53-38 after three.
  • WLC matched its second quarter performance by shooting 70 percent again in the fourth quarter, as its lead never slipped below 15 points. The Warriors pushed their lead to a game-high 21 points with just under two-and-a-half minutes to play.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Coreana Carson (Milwaukee, Wis.) scored a team-high 18 points to lead four players in double-figures, while Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis.) followed with 16 points on four three-pointers.
  • Dowden finished with 13 points and Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.) totaled 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
  • The Warriors shot a season-best 57.1 percent (24-for-52) from the floor on a season-low 42 field goal attempts. Wisconsin Lutheran also made nine three-pointers for 47.4 percent shooting clip.
  • WLC nearly doubled-up USF on the glass, 33-17, and held an 8-0 advantage in fast break points.
  • The Warriors' seven-game winning streak is their longest since the 2014-2015 season when it rattled off separate winning streaks of 13 and 10 games.

FOR THE FOES

  • Kamari Jordan scored a game-high 20 points for the Fighting Saints, who shot 40.4 percent (19-for-47) from the floor and had three players reach double-figures.
  • USF, which posted a 34-2 record a season ago, turned 18 Warriors turnovers into 22 points.

UP NEXT

  • Wisconsin Lutheran is off until December 30 when it returns to conference play post Christmas break at Aurora (3-5, 1-3 NACC). Game time is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. inside Thornton Gymnasium. Links to live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.