MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team tied a program record by winning its 17th straight game Saturday afternoon with a convincing 71-49 win over Concordia Chicago at the Recreation Complex. The Warriors have now won 44 of their last 45 games against conference opponents.
The Warriors (18-3, 16-1 NACC) bolted out to a quick 6-0 lead behind a pair of three-pointers from Rachel Hoft (Germantown, Wis./Germantown) and Melissa Klemm (Germantown, Wis./Germantown). It was the first of a season-high 12 made in the game for WLC. The Cougars came back to take their only lead of the game at 10-8, but the Warriors countered with a 15-0 run for a 23-10 lead at the 10:25 mark. WLC then used a 14-1 run over the final 6:46 of the opening period for a 39-18 halftime advantage.
WLC shot 41.2 percent (14-for-34) in the first half, including 45 percent (9-for-20) from three-point range. Hoft netted a first-half best 11 points. CUC was held to just 25 percent (7-for-28).
The Warriors' lead never dropped below 16 points in the second half as they continued their steady performance from the field by firing on 42.3 percent (11-for-26) of their shots. WLC used a late 10-2 run to increase its lead to 28 points at 71-43 with just 1:22 left in the game. Schulz led the Warriors with 11 second-half points and eight rebounds on her way to finishing with game-highs of 15 points and 16 rebounds for her 16th double-double of the year.
Schulz was joined in double figures by Hoft (13) and Klemm (13). Karisa Pedersen (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) added nine points off the bench on three three-pointers. Melanie Laete (Spokane, Wash./Evergreen Lutheran) added 11 rebounds as the Warriors controlled the glass 49-32. WLC out-shot CUC 41.7 percent to 31.0 percent.
Miranda Rogers scored 15 points off the bench on five three-pointers to pace the Cougars (2-19, 2-14 NACC).
The Warriors will play their final regular season home game Wednesday when they host Edgewood (11-10, 11-5 NACC) on Senior Night at 7 p.m. Links to live audio, stats, and video will be available for the game at wlcsports.com.