Schulz's Buzzer-Beater Sends WLC To 18th Straight Win

Photo Credit: Larry Radloff, d3photography.com
Photo Credit: Larry Radloff, d3photography.com

MILWAUKEE - Kristen Schulz's (Safford, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) layup as time expired lifted the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team to its program-record 18th straight win Wednesday night, a 65-64 triumph over Edgewood on Senior Night at the Recreation Complex.

Trailing 64-63 with eight seconds left, the Warriors (19-3, 17-1 NACC) went the length of the floor as Schulz caught a lob pass from Melissa Klemm (Germantown, Wis./Germantown) beneath the basket. After bobbling the pass, Schulz secured and finished the layup as time expired to send the Warriors to a dramatic 18th straight win on Senior Night.

The second half featured seven lead changes and three ties, but not before the Warriors overcame a nine-point deficit with 16:49 left in the game. WLC took its first lead of the period at 44-43 after a Schulz layup with 10:53 left capped a 14-4 run. The Warriors held a four-point lead with 2:49 on the clock, but couldn't pull away as the Eagles shot a blistering 57.7 percent (15-for-26) in the second half, including 80 percent (4-for-5) from beyond the arc. The Warriors faired even better from the field, shooting 58.6 percent (17-for-29) after a dismal 26.7 percent performance in the opening half.

The Warriors found themselves down most of the first half, including an early 8-0 deficit at the 15:50 mark. WLC rattled off 10 straight points for their only lead of the half before Edgewood used an 18-4 run to take its largest lead of the contest with just under five minutes left before halftime. The Forest Green and White closed out the first half with a trio of three-pointers, including two from Brittanny Bahr (Racine, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) to trim the Eagles' lead to just six points (29-23) at the break.

Bahr led four Warriors in double figures with a career-high 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Schulz and Melanie Laete (Spokane, Wash./Evergreen Lutheran) added 13 points apiece. Rachel Hoft (Germantown, Wis./Germantown) chipped in 10 on a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor. Schulz added 16 rebounds for her 17th double-double of the season. WLC, which shot 42.4 percent (25-for-59) from the field, controlled points in the paint (34-14) and points off turnovers (20-11).

The game marked the last regular season home game for Bahr, Klemm, Hoft, Laete, Kelli Johnson (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran), and Kaila Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran).

Rachel Pope paced the Eagles (11-11, 11-6 NACC) with a game-high 22 points and Mariah Hill added 11. EC ended the game shooting 50 percent (24-for-48) from the floor.

The Warriors play two straight road games to finish their season, starting Saturday with a 4:15 p.m. matchup against Rockford (9-14, 6-12 NACC). Links to live audio, stats, and video will be available for the game at wlcsports.com.