Warriors Remain NACC's Lone Unbeaten After Soaring Over Eagles

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

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team overcame a sluggish first half by shooting 52 percent in the second half en route to a 64-55 win over Benedictine Monday night in a matchup of the NACC's last remaining undefeated teams. Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis.) scored 13 of her game-high 18 points in the second half to lead three players in double-figures. 

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 64, Benedictine 55
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (11-1, 8-0 NACC), Benedictine (10-3, 7-1 NACC)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Dowden opened the scoring for the Warriors, connecting on a triple from the top of the key and Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.) converted a fast-break layup to put WLC ahead 6-4 early in the first quarter.
  • Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo.) came off the bench and immediately collected an offensive rebound and the ensuing layup pushed the Warriors' lead to 12-7 with just over two minutes remaining in the first period.
  • The Warriors maintained a 13-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter, but both teams struggled to find the bottom of the basket in the early stages of the second quarter, with WLC leading 15-12 with four minutes left in the half.
  • The two teams headed to the locker room tied 20-20 after two Benedictine free throws in the final 0:30 seconds of the first half.
  • The Eagles opened the second half on a 6-2 run, but Coreana Carson (Milwaukee, Wis.) answered with a corner three to bring WLC back within one point.
  • Tramburg connected on back-to-back triples to give the Warriors a one-point advantage with just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter, and Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis.) used a three-pointer of her own to push the WLC lead to four.
  • Dowden added a triple of her own from the top of the key, increasing the Warriors' lead to seven to cap a 14-2 run by Wisconsin Lutheran. Carson used a three-point play to put WLC up 42-34 just before the end of the third quarter.
  • The Eagles answered the WLC barrage of three-pointers with one of their own in the final seconds of the third quarter, and WLC entered the final period of play with a 42-37 advantage.
  • WLC opened the fourth quarter on a 7-2 run to push its lead to 10 points with seven minutes remaining in the contest.
  • Lexi Reinke (Bonduel, Wis.) connected on a corner triple at the 2:48 mark to put the Warriors ahead by 13, and Dowden converted a three-point play on the following possession to give WLC a 57-43 advantage for its largest lead of the game. 
  • Consecutive three's from the visitors cut the WLC lead to seven points with 23.5 seconds showing on the clock, but Knueppel iced the game from the charity stripe with four made free-throws, giving Wisconsin Lutheran a 64-55 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Dowden led the way with 18 points, five rebounds, and five assists while Tramburg added 14 points and four rebounds.
  • Knueppel chipped in 13 points, including a 7-for-8 from the charity stripe.
  • Carson added nine points and five assists, while Reinke pulled down a team-high six rebounds.
  • The Warriors shot 42.9 percent (21-of-49) from the field in the victory, including 50 percent (8-of-16) from three-point range.
  • WLC made 77.8 percent (14-of-18) of its attempts from the free throw line.

FOR THE FOES

  • Alena Moro and Venita Parsons scored 10 points apiece for the visitors, with Moro pulling down a game-high seven rebounds.
  • Georgia Alexakos added seven points and five rebounds, while Elisa Diorio and Bennita Drain chipped in six points apiece.
  • Benedictine shot 36.2 percent (21-of-58) from the field and controlled a 35-30 advantage on the glass.
  • The Eagles out-scored WLC 28-22 in the paint and 22 of their points came from off the bench.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors travel to Fond du Lac Wednesday to face Marian (2-11, 0-8 NACC) inside Sadoff Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.