Muskies' Strong Second Half Sends Warriors To Road Defeat

Muskies' Strong Second Half Sends Warriors To Road Defeat

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - Lakeland overcame a 22-10 first-half deficit and survived a missed game-tying shot attempt at the buzzer to defeat the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team 69-67 Wednesday night at Woltzen Gymnasium.

WHERE THEY STAND

  • The Warriors suffered their first NACC loss of the season to drop to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The Muskies earned their first victory of the season to move to 1-3 with a 1-1 mark in the NACC.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) drilled a pair of three-pointers and scored eight points during a 15-2 Warriors' run to give WLC a 22-10 lead with 9:04 to play in the opening half.
  • The Muskies responded with a 9-2 burst to cut the lead to 24-19 and moved to within three later in the half before Kristen Schulz (Safford, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) hit a jumper with 1:21 remaining to give WLC a 37-32 halftime lead.
  • The second half was a see-saw battle, with Lakeland grabbing the upper hand with a 10-0 run over the course of 2:47 to take a 62-56 lead with 4:58 left in the game.
  • WLC battled back with a 7-0 run to reclaim the lead before a jumper by Bailey Grayvold with 2:13 remaining gave Lakeland the lead for good.
  • The Muskies made 5-of-6 free throws in the final 1:16, but the Warriors still had a chance to tie or win it on the final possession before Bethany Unkefer's (Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) game-tying shot attempt missed as time expired.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • The Muskies shot 58.3 percent (14-of-24) in the second half, including 4-of-11 from beyond the arc, while holding WLC to 34.4 percent shooting (11-of-32).
  • Schulz led the Warriors with 23 points and grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds for her fourth double-double in as many games. Maggie Gartner (Springdale, Ark./Har-Ber) also notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards. Christel Frey (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) scored 12 and matched a game-high with five assists, while Knueppel finished with 10 points.
  • Grayvold scored 19 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the second half and finished with a game-high 24 points. Kayla Clark contributed 11 points and Rachel Millner and C.J. Usadel scored 10 apiece to join Grayvold in double figures for the Muskies.
  • Lakeland outshot WLC 44.6 percent to 37.3 percent for the game and also forced 14 turnovers while committing just eight.
  • The Warriors controlled the glass 44-30 and held advantages in second-chance points (16-7) and points in the paint (32-16).

NEXT UP

  • WLC hosts Aurora (0-6, 0-2 NACC) Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Recreation Complex. Live stats and video will be available on wlcsports.com.