OSHKOSH, Wis. – Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) scored 16 points and Taylor Bahr (Racine, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) added 13 points and 13 rebounds, but the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team came up short against Wartburg 65-49 in a NCAA Tournament First Round game Friday night at the Kolf Sports Center.
- Final Score: Wartburg 65, Wisconsin Lutheran 49
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (20-8), Wartburg (20-7)
- Location: Kolf Sports Center, Oshkosh, Wis. | Attendance: 410
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Wartburg started the game on a 7-0 run before Dowden scored the first basket for the Warriors at the 7:30 mark in the first quarter.
- Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) scored three consecutive baskets and Wynonah Filla's (Osseo, Wis./Osseo-Fairchild) three-pointer gave WLC a 13-11 lead with 2:16 remaining in the first. It would be the only lead of the night for the Warriors.
- The Knights led at the end of the first 15-13.
- Wartburg used a 7-2 run to lead 22-15 early in the second quarter. The Warriors chipped away and pulled to within one at 26-25 with 1:28 remaining in the first half.
- WC led at halftime 31-25. Dowden led WLC with 11 points at the break.
- The Knights started the second half with a 10-3 run and led 41-28 halfway through the third quarter. Wisconsin Lutheran remained close and trailed 51-41 at the end of three quarters.
- WLC got within eight at 51-43 with 8:36 remaining in the contest but would not pull any closer the rest of the way.
- WC led by a game-high 19 points with 0:40 seconds remaining.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- The Warriors shot 29.5 percent (18-for-61) for the game, compared to Wartburg's 44.4 percent (24-54). The Knights were 36.4 percent (4-for-11) from three compared to 25.0 percent (5-for-20) for WLC.
- Dowden scored 16 points to lead Wisconsin Lutheran. Bahr posted 13 points and 13 rebounds for her third straight double-double in her final game as a Warrior.
- WLC was out-rebounded 41-35 and out-scored in the paint by Wartburg 34-18.
- Miranda Murphy had a game-high 18 points and eight boards to lead three Knights players in double-figures. Wartburg will face host UW-Oshkosh (23-5) Saturday after the Titans defeated UW-Superior 63-53 in the other First Round game on Friday night.
- Friday's NCAA Tournament tilt marked the final career game for seniors Bahr, Karisa Pedersen (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel), and Holly Holm (East Troy, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran).
- The Warriors wrap up the season 20-8 overall and 16-4 in NACC competition. This was the sixth consecutive season the Warriors amassed 20 or more wins and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, the longest running postseason streak of any women's basketball program in Wisconsin.