ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Wisconsin Lutheran College shot a season-high 53.2 percent and used a 29-2 run that spanned two halves en route to collecting an 89-45 win over the Wells (N.Y.) Express Friday afternoon at the McArthur Center.
WHERE THEY STAND
- The Warriors won their fourth straight game to improve to 5-3, while the Express dropped two games below .500 at 2-4.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Warriors and Express were neck-and-neck through the first eight-plus minutes of the game as WLC held a slim 14-13 advantage at the 11:43 mark.
- Leading 27-21 with 5:26 left before halftime, Wisconsin Lutheran used a commanding 29-2 run that spanned through the end of the first half and into the second for a 56-23 lead.
- The Warriors went into halftime with a 48-23 lead after shooting a sizzling 57.7 percent in the opening stanza.
- WLC held a lead of at least 31 points the rest of the way, increasing its lead to as many as 46 points with just over 30 seconds left in the contest.
- The Forest Green and White continued their hot shooting in the second half with a 50 percent performance.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- The Warriors shot a season-high 53.2 percent (33-for-62) from the floor for the game.
- Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) scored a season-high 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from three-point range.
- Maggie Gartner (Springdale, Ark./Har-Ber) and Christel Frey (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) tied their career-highs for the third straight game with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Kristen Schulz (Safford, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
- The Warriors out-rebounded the Express 45-27 and turned that into a 16-3 advantage in second-chance points.
- WLC made 11 three-pointers for the second straight game, shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc.
- Wisconsin Lutheran tied a season-high with 23 assists and made a season-high 17 steals.
- The 89 points are the most scored since the 2013-2014 season opener vs. Mount Mary (104)
- Jessilyn Artaho-Aki was the lone Express player to reach double-figures with 10 points.
- The Warriors face Rowan (N.J.), owners of an 8-1 overall record, Saturday at 4:30 p.m. CST in their second and final game of the St. Pete Classic. A link to live stats will be available at wlcsports.com.