LISLE, Ill. - Kristen Schulz (Safford, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) tied a career-high with 27 points for the third time this season to propel the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team to its 16th straight victory -- a 74-65 triumph over Benedictine Thursday night at the Rice Center. WLC is now just one win away from matching its program-record 17-game winning streak set last season.
The Warriors (17-3, 15-1 NACC) opened the game with a strong defensive effort, allowing only seven points in the first 10 minutes. A Christel Frey (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) jumper doubled up the Eagles (8-12, 8-7 NACC) at 14-7 with 10:05 remaining in the half.
Benedictine was able to pull as close as three points the remainder of the half, but WLC took control the rest of the way. Brittanny Bahr (Racine, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) sunk a three to give the Warriors a 31-13 advantage with 3:34 remaining in the half. The Eagles responded with a 6-0 run going into the break to cut the Warriors' lead to 31-19 at halftime.
WLC was able to keep up the pace in the second half, as it took a 52-34 lead after Schulz sunk a pair of free throws on two straight possessions with 9:30 left. Schulz added a layup at the 6:13 mark to match a game-high lead of 27 points with the score 65-38. Benedictine slowly chipped away at the Warriors lead, but it proved too much to overcome as WLC never trailed in the game.
Schulz added 15 rebounds and four blocks to go along with her 27 points, notching her 15th double-double of the season. Bahr chipped in with 12 points and Kelli Johnson (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) also reached double figures with 10 points. Melissa Klemm (Germantown, Wis./Germantown) added eight points, a game-high eight assists, and three steals.
Kendall Brown led Benedictine with 17 points, while Vincenza Ranallo contributed 16.
The Warriors won despite being out-shot 47.3 percent to 39.6 percent. WLC dominated the glass 42-22 and held a 10-2 edge in second-chance points.
Wisconsin Lutheran hosts Concordia Chicago (2-18, 2-13 NACC) Saturday at 4:15 p.m. at the Recreation Complex. Live audio, stats, and video will be available for the game at wlcsports.com.