MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Lutheran College junior women's basketball player Kristen Schulz (Safford, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) recorded game-highs with 20 points and a career-high 21 rebounds to push WLC to an 80-35 non-conference victory over Maranatha Tuesday night at the Recreation Complex. Schulz posted her fifth straight double-double and sixth of the season on her way to becoming the first Warriors player to score 20 points and grab 20 rebounds in a game since Sara Zondag registered 25 points and 22 rebounds on January 1, 2000 against Marian.
The Warriors (5-3) got off to a slow start and trailed 9-6 with 14:22 remaining in the first half after a jumper by Maranatha's (4-5) Courtney Dunn. WLC answered with a 19-2 run over the next 3:58, capped by a three-pointer from Karisa Pedersen (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) to take a commanding 25-11 lead.
WLC led 46-22 at the half behind 14 points and 14 rebounds from Schulz. The Warriors shot 51 percent in the opening stanza and out-rebounded the Crusaders 27-7. In the second half, WLC held Maranatha to just 23 percent shooting and out-scored them 34-13.
Impressively, Schulz put up her 20-20 line in just 25 minutes of action. Pedersen was 4-for-7 from three-point range and scored a career-high 15 points. Taylor Bahr (Racine, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) added 10 points, three assists, and three steals.
Courtney Dunn led the Crusaders with 11 points and Stacy Reinke chipped in 10.
The Warriors out-shot the Crusaders 46-30 percent for the game and held a 53-23 advantage on the glass. WLC scored 32 points off turnovers and its bench out-scored Maranatha's 46-0.
Wisconsin Lutheran hosts a crucial Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference game Saturday at 2 p.m. against first-place Concordia Wisconsin (9-0, 6-0 NACC). Live audio, stats, and video coverage will be provided for the game at wlcsports.com.