Gartner, Schulz Send Warriors To Seventh Straight Conference Title

Gartner, Schulz Send Warriors To Seventh Straight Conference Title

MILWAUKEE – Kristen Schulz (Safford, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) had a career-high 37 points, 20 rebounds, seven blocks, and six assists to lead the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team to an 82-61 win over Rockford Saturday afternoon at the Recreation Complex. The win clinched the seventh straight regular season conference championship for the Warriors and the top seed in next week's NACC Tournament.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 82, Rockford 61
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (19-4, 17-2 NACC), Rockford (6-18, 5-14 NACC)
  • Series: The Warriors lead the all-time series 15-1. WLC has won 13 straight meetings against the Regents.
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendance: 190

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Warriors opened the game with a 15-4 run and Rockford then closed the gap to five points at 19-14 with 9:34 left to play in the first half. WLC led by as many as 18 points just before half and went into intermission leading 40-25.
  • WLC shot 51.6 percent (16-for-31) in the first half, while RU shot 36.4 percent. Schulz led Wisconsin Lutheran with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds at the break.
  • The Warriors scored the first 10 points of the second half and doubled-up the Regents for a 25-point lead at the 16:26 mark.
  • Rockford came no closer than 18 points from that point on in the second half and the Warriors led by a game-high 28 points with 2:42 left.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • The Warriors finished the game shooting 50.8 percent (33-for-65), while RU shot 39.1 percent (25-for-64).
  • Schulz posted her 22nd double-double of the season, matching the 22 she finished with last season. She has poured in 30-plus points four times in her last five games. With her seven blocks, Schulz surpassed Sara Zondag as the school's all-time career and season leader in blocked shots.
  • Maggie Gartner (Springdale, Ark./Har-Ber) also posted a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Hannah Harmeyer (Kenosha, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) added eight points off the bench.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran out-rebounded Rockford by a narrow margin of 39-38. The Warriors dominated the paint as they out-scored Rockford 50-30.
  • WLC dished out 24 assists, its second-highest total of the season.
  • Katie Clark and Diamond Williams led the Regents with 13 points each. Clark also pulled down 11 rebounds for a double-double off the bench.

UP NEXT

  • Wisconsin Lutheran hosts MSOE (19-5, 15-4 NACC) Tuesday at 7 p.m. for Senior Night. Links to live stats and video will be available at wlcsports.com. This is the final game of the regular season for the Warriors and their only meeting against the Raiders.