AURORA, Ill. – The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team came up short, dropping back-to-back NACC contests for the first time since 2009-2010, against Aurora in a 71-52 loss on Saturday afternoon at Thornton Gymnasium.
- Final Score: Aurora 71, Wisconsin Lutheran 52
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (10-5, 8-2 NACC), Aurora (7-8, 6-4 NACC)
- Location: Thornton Gymnasium, Aurora, Ill. | Attendance: 277
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Overcoming a slow start, the Warriors used a 10-2 run to open up a 10-7 lead with 2:55 remaining in the first quarter. However, it would be the last lead of the afternoon for WLC.
- Aurora would pull ahead at the end of the first quarter leading 17-12.
- Wisconsin Lutheran kept the game close pulling within one point at 24-23 with 3:08 to go in the second. The Spartans led at the half 32-27.
- Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo./Conifer) led the Warriors at the break with 10 points off the bench.
- AU started the third quarter on an 11-4 run to extend its lead to 43-31.
- The Warriors kept the game within single digits and trailed 53-45 after three quarters of play.
- WLC pulled within six points, trailing 58-52 with 3:30 remaining in the contest.
- But the Spartans put the game away at the free-throw line, shooting 93.8 percent (15-for-16) from the line in the fourth quarter.
- Wisconsin Lutheran drops back-to-back NACC games for the first time since the 2009-2010 season.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) was the only starter in double-figures for Wisconsin Lutheran, finishing with 16 points and seven rebounds. Elrod finished with 10 points off the bench.
- Holly Holm (East Troy, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds on the day.
- WLC out-rebounded AU 41-35. The Warriors also controlled points in the paint (38-14) and bench points (21-2).
- The Warriors ended the contest shooting 34.3 percent (23-for-67) and 16.7 percent (3-for-18) from beyond the arc, but Aurora shot 40.0 percent (18-for-45) from the field, including 92.9 percent (26-for-28) from the free throw line.
- The Spartans had three starters in double-figures led by Bethany Dorrington and Mallory Cast, who scored 19 points apiece.
- Wisconsin Lutheran returns to action on Tuesday night when it hosts cross-town rival MSOE (11-4, 9-1 NACC) for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The Raiders defeated Concordia Chicago 76-60 for its 11th straight win on Saturday. WLC won the first matchup November 24 at MSOE, 66-60. Live audio, stats, and video will be available for the contest at wlcsports.com.