MILWAUKEE – WLC attempted a furious fourth-quarter comeback but came up just short on its final possession as the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team fell to Lakeland 48-47 on Tuesday night at the Recreation Complex.
- Final Score: Lakeland 48, Wisconsin Lutheran 47
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (17-7, 15-4 NACC), Lakeland (13-10, 12-7 NACC)
- Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendance: 167
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Lakeland jumped out to a 6-0 lead early in the first quarter as Wisconsin Lutheran never led in the contest.
- The Muskies led 20-10 at the end of the first period.
- After the teams traded baskets, the Warriors used an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 28-26.
- Maddie Cruz (New Berlin, Wis./Waukesha West) nailed a three-pointer before the halftime buzzer to keep it a two-point game at halftime, 31-29.
- In the opening half, the Warriors shot 45.8 percent (11-for-24) from the field, compared to Lakeland's 39.4 percent (13-for-33). Dowden led WLC with 11 points at the break.
- LC out-scored Wisconsin Lutheran in the third period 13-2 to take a 44-31 lead into the final period. It was the Muskies' largest lead of the game.
- The Warriors started off the fourth quarter on an 11-0 run to cut the lead to just two points at 44-42.
- Both teams later went scoreless for over four minutes. Caitlin Knueppel's (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) three-pointer cut the lead to three at 48-45 with 2:47 remaining.
- Taylor Bahr's (Racine, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) steal and layup brought WLC within one at 48-47 with just :48 seconds to play.
- After a defensive rebound, Wisconsin Lutheran had an opportunity to win the game with :18 seconds left.
- On the final possession, the Warriors could not get a shot off before the buzzer sounded and Lakeland was victorious 48-47.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Knueppel led the Warriors with a game-high 14 points and Dowden finished with 13.
- Bahr pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds as both teams finished with 33 boards apiece.
- The Warriors shot 38.3 percent (18-for-47) from the floor, while the Muskies went for 34.5 percent (19-for-55).
- Rachel Stankevich paced Lakeland with 10 points and was the only Muskie in double-figures.
- The Warriors move back into a tie for second place in the NACC with one game remaining in the regular season.
- WLC can clinch a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed in the upcoming NACC Tournament with a win on Saturday.
- The Warriors return to the Recreation Complex on Saturday for Senior Day when they host Dominican (3-21, 2-17 NACC) for a 4:15 p.m. tip. The Stars were defeated by Concordia Chicago 77-42 on Tuesday night. In the first matchup of the season back on January 30 in River Forest, Ill., WLC defeated Dominican 72-49. Links to live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.