ROCKFORD, Ill. - Kristen Schulz (Safford, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to pace four players in double figures as the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team won its 19th straight game Saturday, an 82-72 win over Rockford inside the Seaver Center. The Warriors also clinched their sixth straight conference championship and secured the top seed in the upcoming NACC Tournament.
The opening minutes of the game featured a see-saw battle as the two teams exchanged leads five times and tied the score once. The Warriors (20-3, 18-1 NACC) never relinquished the lead from the 15:41 mark on as they led by as many as 11 points on three different occasions in the first half. WLC went into halftime ahead 40-33 after shooting 47.1 percent (16-for-34) from the floor. Brittanny Bahr (Racine, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) netted 11 first-half points to pace the Warriors.
WLC led by 13 points early on in the second half at 48-35, but an 11-1 Regents run quickly trimmed the lead to three points with 13:45 to play. The Warriors went back up by seven, only to see Rockford come within just two points at 53-51 with 9:12 remaining. A 10-1 WLC run gave the visitors an 11-point lead following a Melanie Laete (Spokane, Wash./Evergreen Lutheran) layup with 6:31 to play. The Warriors' lead never dropped below eight points the rest of the game as they pushed their lead up to 14 points with one minute left. Schulz added her 18th double-double of the year in the second half alone with 11 points and 11 boards. Rockford remained close for much of the second half mainly due to its 15-3 advantage in points off turnovers.
Bahr (16 points), Melissa Klemm (Germantown, Wis./Germantown), (15) and Rachel Hoft (Germantown, Wis./Germantown) (15) joined Schulz is double figures. Schulz added five blocks and Klemm dished out four assists. WLC shot 45.3 percent (29-for-64) overall, including an impressive 47.8 percent (11-for-23) from three-point range.
Erin Ryczek paced the three Regents (9-15, 6-13 NACC) in double figures with 18 points. RU was 39.7 percent (25-for-63) from the field in the game.
Wisconsin Lutheran caps off its regular season schedule Tuesday when it visits cross-town foe MSOE (13-11, 11-8 NACC) at 7 p.m. Links to live audio, stats, and video will be available for the game at wlcsports.com.