Schulz Reaches Grand Milestone, Lifts Warriors Past Spartans

Schulz Reaches Grand Milestone, Lifts Warriors Past Spartans

MILWAUKEE - Senior center Kristen Schulz (Safford, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) scored a career-high 36 points and to go over 1,000 for her career and lead the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team to a 63-58 victory over Aurora Saturday afternoon at the Recreation Complex.

WHERE THEY STAND

  • WLC upped its record to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in NACC play, while Aurora remained winless at 0-7 with an 0-3 mark in the NACC.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • With 12:31 remaining in the opening half, Schulz made a layup to become the 16th player in program history to score 1,000 career points.
  • A back-and-forth first half featured 10 lead changes.
  • After being tied at 20 with 7:26 left in the first half, Hannah Sievert (Thornton, Colo./Rocky Mountain Lutheran) scored six points during a 9-0 Warriors' run to take a 29-20 lead just over three minutes later.
  • The Spartans closed the half on a 12-4 run, including a buzzer-beating layup by Natalie Branch to pull to within 33-32 going into the break.
  • The Warriors stormed out of the locker room on an 11-0 run, including six points from Schulz to push the lead to 44-32 at the 16:42 mark of the second half.
  • Aurora chipped away at the deficit and made a 7-0 run to trim the lead to 49-46 with 10:23 to play.
  • WLC edged the lead up to seven at 60-53 with 2:24 left, but led by just three with six seconds left as Aurora attempted to tie the game. Caitlin Knueppel's (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) steal and two made free throws with one second remaining sealed the victory. 

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Schulz was 16-of-22 shooting and also pulled down 18 rebounds. Her 36 points tied for fifth-most in a game in program history and the 16 made field goals tied for second all-time. She added three assists and two blocks in the contest.
  • Dallas Chladek (Milwaukee, Wis./Pius XI) was 3-for-3 from downtown to join Schulz in double-figures with 10 points and matched a game-high with four assists. Christel Frey (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) scored five points and matched Chladek with four assists.
  • Shannon Koski matched Schulz with 36 points, including 21 in the first half for Aurora. Natalie Branch added 10 and a team-high three assists, while Morgan Ricketts pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds.
  • The Warriors outshot the Spartans 43-34 percent and dominated points in the paint 38-14.

UP NEXT

  • Wisconsin Lutheran will have six days off before returning to action next Saturday at Rockford (1-5, 1-2 NACC) for a 2 p.m. tip-off. A link to live stats will be available on wlcsports.com.