Schulz, Warriors Take Down Eagles In First-Place Battle

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MILWAUKEE - Kristen Schulz (Safford, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) recorded 25 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, and six blocks to lead the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team to a 77-60 win over Benedictine Tuesday night in a battle of the NACC's top two teams at the Recreation Complex.

WHERE THEY STAND

  • The Warriors won their seventh straight game to improve to 8-3 overall and 6-1 in the NACC. 
  • The Eagles saw their six-game winning streak come to an end as they lost for the first time since November 26 to fall to 6-6 overall and 6-1 in conference play.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Eagles came out of the gates strong as they made their first three shots and raced out to a 7-0 lead.
  • The Warriors didn't panic though and tied things up at 12-12 at the 13:39 mark. WLC then used a 20-5 run to take a 34-19 lead with 7:05 left before halftime.
  • The Forest Green and White went into the locker room at intermission ahead 45-29. WLC shot a scorching 64.3 percent (18-for-28) from the floor in the half as Schulz poured in 21 points. BenU shot a respectable 43.3 percent (13-for-30).
  • Wisconsin Lutheran built its largest lead of the game of 22 points after knocking down a pair of three-pointers to start the second half.
  • Benedictine answered with scoring runs of 9-2 and 9-0 to cut the Warriors' lead to just 11 points at 61-50 with 8:38 remaining.
  • WLC responded with five straight points and never let its lead drop below 14 points under the final 7:21 of the contest.
  • The Warriors shot an even 50 percent (14-for-28) in the second half, while the Eagles were limited to just 31.4 percent (11-for-35).

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Wisconsin Lutheran shot 57.1 percent (32-for-56) for the game, compared to Benedictine's 36.9 percent (24-for-65).
  • Christel Frey (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) poured in a career-high 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Bethany Unkefer (Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) and Maggie Gartner (Springdale, Ark./Har-Ber) added 12 and 11 points, respectively, to join Schulz in double-figures.
  • The Warriors have shot 50 percent or better from the floor for the fourth straight game.
  • After its 6-for-12 performance, WLC has also shot 50 percent or greater from three-point range in six games this season.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran dominated points in the paint, 44-14.
  • WLC extended its homecourt winning streak against conference opponents to 33 games.
  • Briana Hamilton netted 13 points to pace three players in double-figures for the Eagles.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors are back on the road Saturday as they travel to Aurora (4-10, 4-5 NACC) for a 2 p.m. tip-off. WLC defeated AU 63-58 in their first meeting of the season at the REX. Links to live stats and video will be available at wlcsports.com.