Warriors Stymie Eagles, Extend Winning Streak To Ten

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team held the visiting Edgewood Eagles to just 24.5 percent shooting en route to a 58-36 victory Saturday afternoon inside the Recreation Complex. Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis.) scored a game-high 16 points and Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis.) became the 18th member of the program's 1,000-point club as the Warriors held an opponent under 40 points for the first time since January 14, 2017.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 58, Edgewood 36
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (10-1, 7-0 NACC), Edgewood (6-7, 4-4 NACC)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Warriors held a 6-2 advantage after the first five minutes of the contest, with Knueppel scoring five of the first six points.
  • Both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net for the remainder of the quarter, with Wisconsin Lutheran maintaining a 10-9 lead.
  • After nearly three minutes of scoreless basketball in the second quarter, Dowden broke the seal with a layup, which marked her 1,000th career point, making her the 18th member to reach the career milestone.
  • After Dowden's basket, the Warriors scored four straight points to push their lead to six, forcing the Eagles to call a timeout.
  • The Warriors used an 11-0 run highlighted by a three-pointer by Knueppel, to close out the half, taking a 26-11 lead into the locker room.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran maintained a 34-18 advantage midway through the third quarter, then used a quick 5-0 swing to push its lead to 19 points.
  • Coreana Carson (Milwaukee, Wis.) connected on a fast-break three-pointer to increase the WLC lead to 24, and the Warriors carried a 23-point lead into the final quarter of play.
  • Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo.) scored the first seven points for the Warriors in the final period, as the Warriors WLC a 51-27 advantage with four minutes remaining.
  • Wynonah Filla (Osseo, Wis.) and Katie Datka (Bayside, Wis.) converted free throws in the final two minutes of the contest to ice the victory for the Warriors.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Knueppel led the way for the Warriors with 16 points and Dowden added 12.
  • Carson stuffed the stat sheet with five points, six rebounds, and five assists.
  • Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.) added six points and seven rebounds for WLC.
  • The hosts shot just 33.9 percent (19-of-56) from the field, but had 28 points in the paint.
  • The Warriors forced 23 Edgewood turnovers and turned those takeaways into 16 points.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran held a 39-33 rebounding advantage, including 15 on the offensive glass.
  • The win marked the 13th consecutive victory for the Warriors over Edgewood.

FOR THE FOES

  • Jennifer Freeman led the Eagles with eight points off the bench, while Delaney Wilhelm added six points and a team-high seven rebounds.
  • Brooke Lonigro and Allison Gordon also added six points, while Riley Larson chipped in four points, five rebounds, and five steals.
  • The visitors shot only 24.5 percent (12-of-49) from the field and were held to 16.7 percent (1-of-6) shooting from beyond the three-point line.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors face a quick turnaround when they host the league's only other unbeaten team, Benedictine (10-2, 7-0 NACC), Monday night at 7:00 p.m. inside the Recreation Complex. The Eagles earned a 74-41 victory over MSOE Saturday afternoon. The two teams split the season series a year ago, with each team earning a victory at home. Live stats and video will be available for the matchup at WLCSports.com.