MILWAUKEE - Kristen Schulz (Safford, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) recorded 22 points, eight rebounds, and seven blocks to lead four players in double-figures as the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team handed previously unbeaten Concordia Wisconsin its first loss of the season, 71-56, Saturday afternoon at the Recreation Complex.
WLC dominated the first half, jumping out to a 14-4 lead at the 13:25 mark on a Melanie Laete (Spokane, Wash./Evergreen Lutheran) jumper. A layup by Schulz with 8:40 left put the Warriors' advantage at 26-6.
The Falcons were unable to crack WLC's defense and reached double-digit scoring first with 5:27 remaining in the half after the Warriors held their largest lead of the game, 32-8. CUW was able to finish the half strong offensively, out-scoring the Warriors 16-10 to make a small dent in its deficit. Wisconsin Lutheran went into the locker room ahead 42-24.
In the opening half, Schulz contributed 17 points, while Laete and Taylor Bahr (Racine, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) each added six. WLC shot 62.5 percent in the half, compared to the Falcons' 33.3 percent.
CUW slowly began to chip away at the Warriors' second-half lead after back-to-back buckets by Camille Parsons brought the score to 53-40 with 9:14 remaining in the game. A layup by Megan Coenen at the 5:48 mark cut WLC's advantage to 11 points, but the Falcons could get no closer the rest of the game.
The Warriors finished the game on an 11-7 run to put the final at 71-56 for their fifth straight win.
Schulz finished with 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting as well as eight rebounds, and seven blocks. Bahr added 12 points off the bench, while Laete and Rachel Hoft (Germantown, Wis./Germantown) scored 10 apiece.
Victoria Riechers led CUW (9-1, 6-1 NACC) with 15 points, while Katie Luethe added 11 points and eight rebounds.
WLC (6-3, 4-1 NACC) wraps up its four-game homestand January 4 against Dominican (0-11, 0-6 NACC) at 4:15 p.m. Live audio, stats, and video will be provided for the game at wlcsports.com.