LISLE, Ill. (WLCSports.com) - The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team shot just 30.4 percent from the floor and 64.7 percent from the free throw line as it fell back into a tie for first place in the NACC following a 60-56 loss at Benedictine inside the Dan and Ada Rice Center on Saturday afternoon.
- Final Score: Benedictine 60, Wisconsin Lutheran 56
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (14-6, 14-2 NACC), Benedictine (17-4, 13-3 NACC)
- Location: Dan and Ada Rice Center, Lisle, Ill. | Attendance: 244
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Both teams came out of the gates slow as the Warriors held a 3-0 lead over six and a half minutes into the game. BenU cracked the scoring column with 3:19 remaining in the opening quarter and then used a 7-0 run to take the 7-3 lead and led 9-5 after the opening quarter.
- WLC struggled shooting in the first quarter, shooting just 12.5 percent and committing seven turnovers.
- Coreana Carson (Milwaukee, Wis./HOPE Christian) hit her second field goal and the Warriors closed the gap to just one point at 11-10 after a Wynonah Filla (Osseo, Wis./Osseo-Fairchild) three-pointer in the second quarter.
- The hosts used a 10-2 run over a span of almost five minutes and went into the break leading 23-17. WLC shot 25.0 percent (5-for-20) in the first 20 minutes and just 2-for-10 from behind the arc. Filla led the Warriors with eight points off the bench in the opening half.
- Five points on the first two possessions of the second half brought the Warriors within three and WLC took its first lead since the first quarter at 35-34 following six straight points from Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) and a layup from Alyssa Shipley (Hartford, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran).
- BenU answered quickly with a 9-1 run to regain the lead and went into the fourth in front 43-38.
- WLC scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to regain the lead back at 44-43. The Eagles answered with yet another 8-2 run to take the lead back at 51-46.
- The Warriors did not record a made field goal for 5:30 before a Filla three-pointer just before the buzzer and BenU converted free throws down the stretch to close out a 60-56 win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Filla set a game and career-high with 18 points off the Warriors' bench, grabbed six boards, and tied for a team-high with three assists. Knueppel reached double-figures for the third consecutive game with 14 points, all coming in the second half.
- Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis./Fall River) grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and scored seven points.
- The Warriors shot 32.4 percent (14-for-46) from the field and 64.7 percent from the charity stripe (22-for-34). Their 34 attempts were a season-high.
- BenU shot an even 39.0 percent (23-for-59) and dominated the paint, 40-8, while forcing 14 Warriors turnovers.
- The Eagles were led by 10 points from Roxanna Gaddis and eight points from four different players.
- Wisconsin Lutheran had won 16 straight games over Benedictine heading into today's contest.
- The Warriors return to the Recreation Complex on Tuesday for Senior Night and their final regular season home game when they host Concordia Wisconsin (17-4, 14-2 NACC) in another pivotal conference matchup. The Falcons have won six straight NACC games. Links to live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.