MILWAUKEE - Paced by 18 points from Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) and 17 from Taylor Bahr (Racine, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran), the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team began the defense of its conference crown with a 66-60 win over MSOE on Tuesday night at the Kern Center.
- Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 66, MSOE 60
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (3-1, 1-0 NACC), MSOE (0-3, 0-1 NACC)
- Location: Kern Center, Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendance: 149
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Four Warriors starters got in the scoring column in the first quarter, leading the Raiders 12-10. Holly Denfield carried the load for MSOE, scoring eight points in the opening quarter.
- WLC gained some separation in the second period however. A three from Karisa Pedersen (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) on WLC's opening possession got the scoring started.
- Another bucket from behind the arc from Pedersen gave the Warriors their largest lead of the game with 1:32 left in the half at 31-19.
- WLC out-scored MSOE 18-10 in the second quarter, shooting 6-for-10 from the field to take a 10-point lead into halftime.
- Dowden and Bahr took over the second half for the Warriors. Combined, the two accounted for the first seven points of the second half and finished with 12 of the team's 16 third-quarter points.
- Two free throws from Megan Kroll with no time remaining in the quarter cut the Warriors lead to just six with one quarter remaining.
- A Kroll three cut the Warriors lead to just one point with 4:09 remaining in regulation, but Dowden and Bahr had another answer, scoring the final 13 Warriors points to seal the conference victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Dowden shot 6-for-13 from the field, scoring 18 points to lead WLC. Bahr added 17 of her own and had a team-high seven boards in the game.
- Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) also reached double-figures with 10 points.
- WLC shot 43.6 percent (24-for-55) in the contest, compared to MSOE's 41.8 percent (23-for-55).
- Wisconsin Lutheran controlled the points in the paint, holding the advantage 36-20.
- Denfeld led three Raiders in double-figures with 18 points and 13 rebounds in the contest.
- The Warriors have won 49 of the 51 all-time meetings against the Raiders.
- WLC returns to conference action next Wednesday, December 2 when it travels to Rockford (1-2, 0-0 NACC) for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The Regents earned their first win of the season Tuesday, a 62-54 non-conference win over Mount Mary. Live stats will be available at wlcsports.com.