MILWAUKEE - Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) scored a game-high 21 points and the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team closed the fourth quarter with an 11-4 run as the Warriors held off visiting Aurora, 63-57, Saturday afternoon at the Recreation Complex.
- Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 63, Aurora 57
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (8-3, 6-0 NACC), Aurora (4-7, 3-3 NACC)
- Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendance: 148
HOW IT HAPPENED
- A 10-0 first-quarter run by the Spartans erased an early Warriors lead and gave them their largest lead of the game of seven points with 2:40 remaining in the opening period.
- WLC battled back as Karisa Pedersen (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) closed out the quarter with a three-pointer at the buzzer as WLC trailed 16-14.
- Aurora held the lead for much of the second quarter until the Warriors scored six straight points to end the first half and headed into halftime with a 32-29 lead.
- The Warriors maintained a lead for much of the third period, but Aurora out-scored Wisconsin Lutheran 9-3 over the final 2:51 and carried a 48-45 lead into the fourth quarter.
- The Warriors gained their first lead of the final frame with 6:08 to play on a Pedersen triple to make it 52-49. The Spartans took the lead back with four straight points, but the Warriors out-scored Aurora 11-4 over the final 3:13 as they went 7-for-8 from the charity stripe to seal the victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Dowden led all scorers with 21 points in the matchup. She also grabbed a team-best seven boards. Pedersen poured in 15 and Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo./Conifer) added 10 points off the bench.
- The Warriors shot 36.5 percent (19-for-52) from the floor, but were bolstered by a strong 87 percent (20-for-23) performance from the charity stripe.
- The game featured seven ties and seven lead changes.
- AU out-rebounded WLC 40-31 and out-scored the hosts 9-0 in second-chance points.
- The Spartans, who shot 37.3 percent (22-for-59) for the game, were led by Anna Roszkowski's 18 points and 14 rebounds. Bethany Dorrington added 16 points.
- Head Coach Klay Knueppel won his 223rd career game, tying Wayne Smith as the program's all-time winningest coach.
- The Warriors have won 18 straight home games and 44 straight home games against conference opponents.
- Wisconsin Lutheran will next host Edgewood (2-10, 1-6 NACC) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Recreation Complex. The Eagles fell to Alverno on Saturday in Madison, 81-65. Live audio, stats, and video will be available at wlcsports.com.