MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team held off the Alverno Inferno for its 14th straight win by a final score of 68-60 Saturday night at the Recreation Complex. With the win, the Warriors improved to 15-3 overall and 13-1 in conference play to remain in first place in the NACC.
For the first eight minutes of the first half, both teams traded baskets. The Warriors gained some breathing room going up by seven after a Kristen Schulz (Safford, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) layup with 11:17 remaining in the half. Wisconsin Lutheran led by as much as 13 in the first half, but Alverno cut the lead to nine at halftime with a score of 37-28. Schulz had another strong start scoring 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting and grabbing five rebounds in the first half. Brittanny Bahr (Racine, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) added nine points and two steals off the bench for the Warriors. The Warriors made life difficult for the Inferno on the offensive end, holding Alverno to just 32 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes of play.
Alverno started the second half on a 19-9 scoring run, taking a one-point lead over the Warriors with 6:30 left in the game as Wisconsin Lutheran struggled to find any rhythm offensively. Schulz gave the Warriors a 53-49 lead after scoring five straight points in a span of 15 seconds with five minutes left in regulation. Both teams traded baskets for the remainder of the game until Bahr scored a clutch three-point shot with 19 seconds remaining, giving the Warriors a 66-60 lead.
Down the stretch in the second half, Wisconsin Lutheran looked to Schulz and Bahr, and both delivered. Combined, the two scored 16 of the last 20 points for the Warriors. Schulz ended up tying a career-high with 27 points, shooting 13-of-17 from the field, with 12 rebounds and two blocks. Bahr scored 18 points off the bench, and tallied five steals. Melissa Klemm, (Germantown, Wis./Germantown) hit some key free throws to put the game away and ended up with 11 points, five assists, and three steals.
The Warriors asserted their dominance in the paint, out-scoring Alverno 38-22. Wisconsin Lutheran also got the job done on the defensive end, forcing 21 Inferno turnovers and holding Alverno to 36 percent shooting from the field.
Devon Gorman was leading scorer for Alverno (12-8, 9-6 NACC), finishing with 18 points and eight rebounds. Jamie Hoernke added 15 and Ashley Berry finished with 12.
The Warriors will be back in action Tuesday as they travel to Marian (4-15, 4-10 NACC) to play the Sabres at 7 p.m. Live audio, stats, and video will be available for the game at wlcsports.com.