MILWAUKEE – Brittanny Bahr (Racine, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) tied a career-high with 18 points to pace four players in double figures as the top-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team defeated eighth-seeded Marian 73-63 in a Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament Quarterfinal game Saturday afternoon at the Recreation Complex.
With the win, the Warriors (22-3) advance to Tuesday's semifinal round where they will host fourth-seeded Edgewood (15-11) at 7 p.m. Links to live coverage will be available at wlcsports.com.
The Warriors began the game by scoring the first 10 points and later led 20-3 with 11:12 left in the first half. WLC pushed its lead to as many as 20 points, 28-8, following a pair of Bahr free throws with 7:11 remaining before halftime. It would be two of 11 made free throws for Bahr on the day. The Sabres got no closer than 16 points in the period as the Warriors went into halftime with a commanding 38-19 lead.
WLC shot 53.8 percent (14-for-26) in the opening period and controlled points in the paint, 26-4, and points off turnovers, 14-6. Bahr topped all first-half scorers with eight points. The Sabres shot 24.0 percent (6-for-25) from the floor in the half.
The two teams traded baskets for the first 10 minutes of the second half before an 8-0 run, capped off by a Bahr three-point play, pushed the Warriors' lead to a game-high 26 points midway through the second half. Marian, however, would not go away as a 14-2 run made it a 14-point game with under five minutes remaining. In the end, the Warriors held of the Sabres charge and led by no fewer than 10 in the final minutes.
As she did in the first half, Bahr again led the Warriors with 10 second-half points and seven rebounds. WLC shot 44.4 percent (12-for-27) in the period. Marian hung around thanks to its 40 percent (6-for-15) three-point shooting and 48.1 percent (13-for-27) overall. Sarah Olewinski led the Sabres with 10 points in the final frame.
Bahr was joined in double figures by Kristen Schulz (Safford, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) who scored 15 points, and Rachel Hoft (Germantown, Wis./Germantown) and Kelli Johnson (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) who added 11 points apiece. Schulz also tied a game-high with eight rebounds. The Warriors, who shot 49.1 percent (26-for-53) for the game, dominated points in the paint, 40-14.
Olewinski topped three Sabres in double figures with 14 points. Marian, which ended its season 7-19 overall, shot 36.5 percent (19-for-52) for the game.