Late Three Sends Simpson Past Wisconsin Lutheran In St. Louis

Photo Credit: WLC Athletic Communications
Photo Credit: WLC Athletic Communications

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Simpson's Britney Boland knocked down a three-pointer with less than :06 seconds left and the Warriors' last-second three-pointer was off the mark as the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team suffered a tough 62-60 setback to Simpson on Friday night in its first game of the McWilliams Classic hosted by Washington University at the WU Field House.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Simpson 62, Wisconsin Lutheran 60
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (4-2), Simpson (4-3)
  • Location: WU Field House, St. Louis, Mo. | Attendance: 118

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Warriors held a slim 12-11 lead after the first quarter, trailing only for 1:56 the entire first half. WLC held a game-high seven-point lead on two different occasions in the second quarter and went into halftime with a 24-21 lead.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran shot 32.3 percent in the first half, compared to Simpson's 32.0 percent. Taylor Bahr (Racine, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) led the Warriors with seven points in the opening 20:00 minutes.
  • The Storm literally stormed out of the gates in the second half with a 13-2 run to take their largest lead of the game of eight points with 6:44 left in the third quarter. WLC closed to within 36-33 before SC went into the fourth quarter in front 41-36.
  • The Warriors overcame a six-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 47-47 on a Karisa Pedersen (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) three-pointer with 5:35 remaining.
  • The two teams would tie the score four more times and a 5-0 run capped by a pair of Katy Walz (Waukesha, Wis./West) free throws gave WLC a 60-59 lead with 0:22 seconds left.
  • Boland then responded with a three-pointer for the Storm with less than :06 seconds left and Pedersen's last-second three from the corner was no good as Simpson held on for the two-point win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Walz led the Warriors in scoring for the second straight game with 13 points off the bench. She also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for a double-double.
  • Bahr and Pedersen added 12 points each.
  • The Warriors shot 36.8 percent for the game, while the Storm improved over the second half, shooting 44.1 percent.
  • The Warriors out-rebounded the Storm 38-31 and shot 10-for-12 from the free-throw line.
  • Simpson's Maddie Bosworth scored a game-high 21 points to pace three players in double-figures for the Storm. SC blocked nine shots and out-scored the Warriors 28-16 on points in the paint.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors will play Rhodes (3-5) in the consolation game of the McWilliams Classic tomorrow at 5 p.m. inside the WU Field House. The Lynx were defeated by host and 11th-ranked Washington University 56-47 in Friday's second game. Live stats and video will be available for the game at wlcsports.com.