MILWAUKEE - Melissa Klemm (Germantown, Wis./Germantown) hit a three-pointer with three seconds left in regulation to force overtime, but the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team's upset bid fell just short in a 78-72 overtime loss to No. 9 Hope Saturday in the Paul F. Knueppel Classic at the Recreation Complex. Klemm scored a career-high 26 points for WLC (1-2) and was named to the All-Classic Team.
A game that featured eight ties and 12 lead changes got even wilder in the final minute of regulation. Rachel Hoft (Germantown, Wis./Germantown) buried a three with 46 seconds left to give the Warriors a 63-62 advantage. Maura McAfee answered with a jump shot to give Hope (5-0) the lead back with 26 seconds to go. The Warriors turned the ball over on an offensive foul, and Brittany Berry made a pair of free throws to put the Flying Dutch up 66-63 with 13 seconds left. Klemm brought the ball down the floor for WLC and banked in a three from the left wing with three seconds remaining to force overtime.
Hope scored the first seven points of the extra period to take a 73-66 lead. Klemm and Christel Frey (Milwaukee Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) both hit shots from beyond the arc to pull the Warriors to within three with 21 seconds left. Hope made three of four free throws in the final 20 seconds to hang on for the win.
Klemm was 9-for-21 from the field and 4-for-7 from long distance. She added a team-high three assists and grabbed a pair of steals. Hoft was 2-for-4 from downtown to join Klemm in double figures with 10. Kristen Schulz (Safford, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) scored nine points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Megan Kelley led four Hope scorers in double figures with 18 points. Maura McAfee posted a double-double with 16 points and 14 boards.
The Warriors out-shot the Flying Dutch 38-33 percent and out-rebounded them 49-46. Hope took advantage of 28 WLC turnovers, converting them into 29 points.
The Flying Dutch jumped out to an early 8-2 lead in the first half, but Hannah Sievert's (Thornton, Colo./Rocky Mountain Lutheran) layup capped a 19-1 run for the Warriors to give them their biggest lead at 21-9 with 12:00 left in the half. Klemm scored 12 of the Warriors' first 17 points. Hope out-scored WLC 24-11 in the remainder of the half to take a 33-32 lead into halftime.
Wisconsin Lutheran will have six days off before opening Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference play next Saturday at Alverno (2-1, 1-1 NACC) at 7 p.m. Live audio, stats, and video will be available on wlcsports.com.