MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team saw a 13-point second-half lead slip away in a 73-70 loss at Alverno in the Warriors' Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference opener Saturday at Reiman Gymnasium. The loss ended the Warriors' (1-3, 0-1 NACC) 28-game winning streak against NACC opponents, with the last loss coming on February 1, 2012 in a home setback against Lakeland. It also marks the teams' first three-game losing skid since the 2009-2010 season.
The Warriors fell behind by as many as 13 in the opening half and trailed 44-37 at the break. WLC opened the second half on an 11-0 run to pull in front 48-44. Christel Frey's (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) jumper with 11:30 remaining gave the Warriors their biggest lead at 62-49, but WLC was out-scored 24-8 the rest of the way. The Inferno (3-1, 2-1 NACC) took the lead and sealed the win at the foul line, where it was 6-for-6 in the final 1:30 and 22-for-24 in the game.
Melanie Laete (Spokane, Wash./Evergreen Lutheran) scored a game- and career-high 26 points on 11-for-14 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds for the Warriors. Rachel Hoft (Germantown, Wis./Germantown) was 6-for-13 from three-point range for 18 points and Kristen Schulz (Safford, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) recorded a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 13 boards.
Devin Gorman led four Alverno players in double figures with 19 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Anna Boteva scored 15 and Ashley Berry and Kristen Speerschneider added 12 apiece.
WLC out-shot Alverno 42 percent to 41 percent, but hit just 28 percent (7-for-25) from downtown while the Inferno made 58 percent (7-for-12) from long distance. The biggest difference in the game came at the foul line, where WLC was 64 percent (7-for-11) and Alverno made 92 percent (22-for-24).
The Warriors hit the road for another NACC game Wednesday at Lakeland (2-2, 1-0 NACC) at 7 p.m. Links to live audio, stats, and video can be found at wlcsports.com.