MILWAUKEE - Karisa Pedersen (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) scored a career-high 20 points and the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team improved to 4-0 in NACC play with a 71-62 victory over Concordia Chicago on Saturday afternoon at the Recreation Complex..
- Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 71, Concordia Chicago 62
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (6-3, 4-0 NACC), Concordia Chicago (2-3, 1-3 NACC)
- Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendance: 208
HOW IT HAPPENED
- WLC and CUC went back-and-forth in the opening quarter. The Cougars held their first lead with 4:28 remaining following a layup from Angelik Young. At the end of the period, WLC held a 13-11 lead behind 40.0 percent (6-for-15) shooting from the field.
- The Warriors gained some separation in the second, behind 11 points from Pedersen as she accounted for 11 of the final 14 points for the Warriors. Wisconsin Lutheran went into the locker room at the break holding a 35-28 lead.
- CUC's defense kept them in the game in the third quarter, holding the Warriors to just 25.0 percent (4-for-16) shooting.
- After Wisconsin Lutheran built its largest lead of 11 points with 5:35 left in the third, the Cougars cut the lead back down to just four points heading into the final quarter.
- Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) gave WLC a nine-point lead with 6:43 remaining in regulation.
- CUC cut the lead to just two with 3:19 remaining on the clock, but Taylor Bahr (Racine, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) answered with a big three on the following possession to extend the lead.
- The Warriors capitalized on two missed free throws on the other end when Pedersen pushed the lead to 63-57 with her fourth three-pointer of the afternoon. She then drained six free throws over the final 0:36 seconds to seal the win for the Warriors.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Pedersen went 4-for-9 from behind the arc and 6-for-6 from the charity stripe to lead the Warriors with a career-high 20 points.
- Bahr contributed 14 points and eight rebounds.
- Katy Walz (Waukesha, Wis./West) tallied 15 rebounds, seven assists, six points, five steals, and three blocks in an all-around performance.
- Concordia Chicago out-shot the Warriors 39.3 percent to 36.8 percent, but WLC controlled the boards 46-33.
- Wisconsin Lutheran dominated CUC in second-chance points, 32-5.
- The Cougars were led by 18 points from Morgan Jahnke, 12 from Lauren Orr, and 10 from Courtney Lofink.
- WLC now holds an 18-2 all-time series lead over CUC, winning nine straight.
- Wisconsin Lutheran has off until next Saturday when it travels to face Lakeland (2-6, 2-2 NACC) at 2 p.m. in its final game of the 2015 calendar year. The Muskies are coming off a 62-58 NACC win over Alverno on Saturday at home. Live stats and video will be available for the game at wlcsports.com.