MILWAUKEE – Taylor Bahr (Racine, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) scored a game-high 23 points and Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) added 20 as the second-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team defeated fourth-seeded Aurora 61-52 Saturday afternoon in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament Final at the Recreation Complex. With the win, the Warriors advance to their sixth straight NCAA Tournament and eighth in program history.
- Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 61, Aurora 52
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (20-7), Aurora (17-11)
- Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendance: 375
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Neither team could gain much separation early in the contest as there were four lead changes between the two sides.
- WLC ended the first quarter on a 10-0 run to lead 23-16.
- The Warriors led by as many as 12 points as they held Aurora scoreless for over half of the second quarter.
- The Spartans ended the half on a 13-0 run to take the lead back at 29-28.
- The Warriors were led by Bahr's nine points at halftime. WLC shot 40.7 percent (11-for-27) compared to Aurora's 33.3 percent (8-for-24).
- Wisconsin Lutheran started the third quarter on a 7-0 run to lead 35-29.
- Aurora used another 12-4 run to lead 41-39 with 1:58 remaining in the third quarter. AU led 43-42 at the end of three periods of play.
- WLC started the fourth quarter on a 9-1 run to lead 51-44 with 7:12 remaining.
- With four minutes, remaining the Warriors built their lead to 10 points at 56-46.
- The Warriors made their free throws down the stretch and won the NACC Tournament Final for the sixth consecutive year.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Bahr finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds for her second straight double-double, while Dowden followed with 20 points and seven rebounds.
- Wisconsin Lutheran shot 40.4 percent (21-for-52) for the game, while Aurora finished at 29.8 percent (14-for-47).
- Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) added seven and Karisa Pedersen (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) chipped in six.
- WLC dominated points in the paint 26-6 and scored 18 points off 12 Aurora turnovers.
- Wisconsin Lutheran improved to 23-3 all-time in NACC Tournament games and 16-5 all-time against the Spartans.
- The Warriors' six straight NCAA Tournament berths are the most of any women's basketball program in Wisconsin.
- Mallory Cast paced the Spartans with 17 points and Bethany Dorrington added 15. Anna Roszkowski added 10 rebounds.
- Wisconsin Lutheran will find out its NCAA First Round opponent Monday afternoon when the 64-team bracket is unveiled during the Selection Show at 1:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.