Warriors Overcome Early Deficit, Secure Conference-Opening Win Over Raiders

Photo Credit: Steve Frommell, d3photography.com
Photo Credit: Steve Frommell, d3photography.com

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Wisconsin Lutheran College overcame an early 10-point deficit and used two strong quarters to defeat the visiting MSOE Raiders, 74-58, on Saturday afternoon in the Warriors' conference opener at the Recreation Complex.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 74, MSOE 58
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (1-2, 1-0 NACC), MSOE (1-2, 0-2 NACC)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendnace: 176

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After an early 2-0 lead on a pair of free throws from the Warriors, MSOE jumped out to a 19-9 lead with 2:32 left in the opening quarter. WLC chipped its deficit down to just five points by the end of the quarter.
  • The Warriors shot a team-low 36.4 percent in the first period, compared to the Raiders' sizzling 72.7 percent.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran trailed by no more than five points early in the second quarter and took its first lead since the beginning of the game at 25-23. WLC had a lead of no more than four points in the period, as it went into halftime ahead 31-29.
  • The Warriors shot a team-high 53.8 percent in the second quarter, while limiting the Raiders to 37.5 percent shooting from the floor.
  • MSOE scored the first four points after halftime, but it was the final lead that the visitors held the rest of the contest.
  • WLC busted the game open with a 24-3 third-quarter run to lead by a game-high 19 points with 2:39 left in the third. The Warriors out-scored the Raiders 26-11 in the third quarter after benefiting from a 16-2 margin in points off turnovers.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran never saw its lead drop below 12 points in the fourth quarter, as the hosts held MSOE to just 26.7 percent shooting in the final stanza en route to their first win of the season.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) led all scorers with a game-high 22 points, including 19 in the second half.
  • Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) was the second Warrior to reach double-figures with 18 points. She also added four steals.
  • Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo./Conifer) tied for a game-high with seven rebounds, while Maddie Cruz (New Berlin, Wis./Waukesha West) totaled eight points, six rebounds, and four assists.
  • The Warriors, who out-rebounded MSOE 29-26 and out-scored the Raiders' bench 20-8, were a perfect 17-for-17 from the free-throw line.
  • The Raiders were paced by Holly Denfeld's 21 points. Jamie Spanbauer added 13.
  • The Warriors won their 16th straight game over MSOE and improved their record in the all-time series to an impressive 51-2.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors play their fourth straight home game on Tuesday when they host Lakeland (2-3, 1-0 NACC) at 7:00 p.m. The Muskies defeated Edgewood on Saturday, 79-43. Links to live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.