Fast Start Fuels No. 25 Warriors Past Edgewood

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

MADISON, Wis. (WLCSports.com) – The 25th-ranked Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team jumped out to a 22-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and cruised to a 66-39 NACC victory over Edgewood Saturday afternoon inside the Todd Wehr Edgedome. Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.) tied a career high with 15 points to pace a balanced Warriors attack.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: No. 25 Wisconsin Lutheran 66, Edgewood 39
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (19-2, 15-1 NACC), Edgewood (9-12, 7-9 NACC)
  • Location: Todd Wehr Edgedome, Madison, Wis.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis.) converted an old-fashion three-point play to give WLC an early 7-2 lead with 6:48 left in the opening quarter.
  • Tramburg scored five straight for the Warriors on back-to-back possessions to extend the lead to double digits, 12-2, with just over four minutes left to play.
  • Caitlin Knueppel's (Wauwatosa, Wis.) three-pointer with 1:59 remaining in the opening quarter pushed the Green and White's lead to 20-2.
  • Led by Tramburg's 11 points, the Warriors carried a 22-2 lead into the second quarter.
  • The Eagles were held without a bucket for the final 7:33 of the first quarter.
  • EC snapped the 11:20 drought without a field goal with 6:13 left in the half as the Warriors had extended their lead to 29-5.
  • Dowden connected on four straight attempts from the charity stripe with a half minute left to play in the first half to give WLC a 39-12 advantage, which it would carry into halftime.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran shot 42.9 percent from the floor in the opening half and connected on all 11 of its free-throw attempts.
  • Tramburg led all scorers with 11 points at the break, followed by Dowden with nine.
  • The Warriors were held scoreless for just over three-and-a-half minutes in the third quarter as Edgewood had brought the score to 45-22.
  • Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo.) beat the buzzer with a jumper to push the Wisconsin Lutheran advantage to 53-27 going into the final quarter. Edgewood out-scored the Warriors 15-14 in the period.
  • The Warriors struggled offensively to start the fourth quarter as they turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions.
  • Knueppel scored the first five points of the quarter for WLC, which saw its lead grow to 58-29 with 5:59 left to play.
  • Elrod's free-throw with 4:38 left in the game gave WLC its largest lead of the game, 63-31.
  • The Eagles trimmed the deficit to under 30 with 2:44 remaining in regulation.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Tramburg led the Warriors with 15 points and added five rebounds with two steals.
  • Knueppel finished with 13 points and six rebounds, while Dowden went 7-of-7 from the charity stripe as she finished with nine points and a team-high seven boards.
  • Coreana Carson (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Maddie Cruz (New Berlin, Wis.) chipped in with eight and seven points each. 
  • Elrod added seven points, six rebounds, and three blocks off the bench for the Warriors.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran shot 41.2 percent (21-of-51) from the floor in the contest and 82.6 percent (19-of-23) from the free-throw line.
  • The Warriors converted 20 turnovers into 20 points and held a 14-0 advantage in fast break points.
  • WLC held an opponent under 40 points for the fifth time this season.

FOR THE FOES

  • Diamond Pikulyk scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed eight boards to lead the Eagles.
  • Edgewood was held to just 27.8 percent (15-of-54) shooting from the floor and 0-of-9 from behind the arc.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors return to action Wednesday, hosting Marian (3-18, 1-15 NACC) in a NACC contest. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. inside the Recreation Complex. WLC defeated the Sabres in Fond du Lac, 70-33, on January 10. Live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.