Strong Start Sends Warriors To Third Straight NCAA Tournament

Strong Start Sends Warriors To Third Straight NCAA Tournament
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MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team started the scoring early and never looked back as it coasted to a 75-52 Northern Athletics Conference Tournament championship victory over second-seeded Concordia Wisconsin Saturday night at the Recreation Complex. With the win, the Warriors advance to their third straight NCAA Tournament and fifth in school history.

The Warriors scored the first six points of the game and jumped out to a 25-6 lead at the 8:19 mark of the first half. The visiting Falcons came as close as 14 points in the first half, but the Warriors increased their lead to 42-19 at halftime. WLC shot 58.6 percent (17-for-29) from the floor in the period as senior Shavon Dillon (Milwaukee, Wis./Hope School) scored 15 of her game-high 17 points in the half. CUW struggled in the first half as it was held to just 19.2 percent (5-for-26) shooting from the field. The Warriors dominated the paint as they outscored the Falcons 30-4 in that category for the first half.

The Falcons came out and netted the first four points in the second half and got as close as 16 points at 54-38 with 8:36 remaining in the game. The Warriors then went on a 12-2 run to lead by a game-high 26 points. Wisconsin Lutheran shot 42.3 percent (11-for-26) from the floor in the period and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc to finish 4-for-6 from downtown for the game. CUW drastically improved its shooting from the first half as it shot 12-for-27 (44.4 percent) from the floor.

Sophomore Kristen Schulz (Safford, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) joined Dillon in double-figures with 16 points for the game. Junior Rachel Hoft (Germantown, Wis./Germantown) was perfect 4-for-4 from the floor to finish with 11 points. Junior Kelli Johnson (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) led all players with 10 rebounds.

Katie Luethe tied Dillon for a game-high with 17 points as she was one of three Falcons to reach double-figures. Brittany Zietlow added 11 points and Megan Coenen contributed 10 off the bench. CUW finished the season 19-9 overall.

Wisconsin Lutheran (25-2), which has won 17 straight games and 28 straight against conference opponents, will find out its NCAA Tournament First Round opponent Monday at 1:30 p.m. when the NCAA unveils the 64-team tournament bracket on Fans are welcome join the Warriors in the college's Siebert Center for the selection show.