Warriors Wrap Up Regular Season With 20th Straight Victory

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

MILWAUKEE - Brittanny Bahr (Racine, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) and Kristen Schulz (Safford, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) scored 17 points apiece to lead the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team to its school-record 20th straight victory, a 77-64 win over MSOE in Tuesday night's regular-season finale at the Kern Center.

The Warriors (21-3, 19-1 NACC) fell behind 8-4 in the early going after Shannon Larson's free throw 2:19 into the game. WLC answered with an 11-2 scoring run, capped by a layup from Melanie Laete (Spokane, Wash./Evergreen Lutheran) at the 13:52 mark to grab a 15-10 lead it would never relinquish. The Warriors used an extended 32-11 burst to take their largest lead of the game at 47-24 on Bahr's layup with 1:39 remaining until halftime. WLC held a 49-32 advantage at the break.

Bahr led all scorers with 13 first-half points off the bench while hitting 4-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 at the charity stripe. WLC shot a blistering 59.4 percent (19-of-32) in the opening frame while holding MSOE (13-12, 11-9 NACC) to 40.0 percent (12-of-30).

WLC was out-scored 32-28 in the second half, but was never truly threatened as it held a 75-55 advantage with 3:04 remaining before the Raiders closed the game on a 9-2 run. The Warriors' shooting cooled off in the second stanza, as they shot just 38.1 percent (8-of-21) from the floor, but WLC still shot 50.9 percent overall.

Bahr and Schulz were joined in double figures by Laete, who posted 15 points and eight rebounds. Schulz added 10 rebounds and five blocks to collect her 19th double-double of the season. Bethany Unkefer (Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) dealt out a game-high seven assists. 

Larson scored a game-high 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting for MSOE. Margaret Pugh provided 14 points and Holly Denfeld pitched in 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

The Warriors out-scored the Raiders 32-12 in bench points and held a 38-30 advantage on the glass. WLC shot 80 percent (20-of-25) from the foul line.

Wisconsin Lutheran won its sixth consecutive NACC regular-season title, and will begin defense of its three straight NACC Tournament championships Saturday when the top-seeded Warriors host eighth-seeded Marian (7-18, 7-13 NACC) in a quarterfinal matchup at 2 p.m. at the Recreation Complex. Links to live audio, stats, and video will be available for the game at wlcsports.com.