HONOLULU, Hawaii (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team was forced into committing a season-high 30 turnovers in a 69-57 loss to the Chapman Panthers on Tuesday night in its final game of the Hoops in Hawaii Holiday Classic at Moanalua High School.
- Final Score: Chapman 69, Wisconsin Lutheran 57
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (5-4), Chapman (3-5)
- Location: Moanalua High School, Honolulu Hawaii | Attendance: 150
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Warriors surged out to an early 12-4 first-quarter lead, their largest of the game. Wisconsin Lutheran never trailed over the final 7:24 of the opening quarter and held a slim 18-16 advantage after the first 10 minutes of action. WLC shot 46.2 percent in the opening quarter as six players found the scoring column in the period.
- Wisconsin Lutheran opened the second quarter with a three-pointer from Wynonah Filla (Osseo, Wis./Osseo-Fairchild) and a five-point lead. The Bulldogs responded with a 10-0 run for a 26-21 lead. WLC came within one point on two separate occasions, but trailed by five points, 32-27, at halftime. The Warriors made just one field goal in the second quarter for 12.5 percent, compared to the Bulldogs' even 50 percent.
- The Warriors netted the first bucket of the second half, but came no closer than three points the rest of the game. Chapman then used a 12-4 run to build its first double-digit lead of the game at 44-33 with 5:32 remaining in the third quarter. Wisconsin Lutheran found itself down by 10 points, 53-43, after three quarters.
- WLC began the fourth quarter with an 8-2 run to cut its deficit down to just four points at the 7:36 mark. The Panthers answered yet again with another 8-0 scoring run to tie their largest lead of the game of 12 points. The Warriors found themselves trailing by at least 10 points for the final 5:56 of the game and ended the contest in a 12-point deficit.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) led all scorers for the fourth straight game with 16 points. She was the lone Warrior to reach double-figures. Dowden also tied for a game-high with six rebounds.
- Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran), Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo./Conifer), and Filla finished with eight points each for the Warriors.
- Wisconsin Lutheran shot 40.8 percent (20-for-49) from the floor for the game, compared to Chapman's 46.3 percent (25-for-54).
- The Warriors out-rebounded the Panthers, 35-25, but were out-scored 27-18 in points off turnovers.
- WLC was out-scored in every quarter but the first, but shot a team-best 54.5 percent in the final period.
- Lauren Sato paced the Panthers with 12 points. Jaime Hum-Nishikado and Megan Charles added 10 points each.
- The Warriors have off until Saturday, December 31 when they resume Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference play at Aurora (2-8, 1-4 NACC). Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. inside Thornton Gymnasium. The Spartans are coming off of a 70-64 win over Rockford on December 17. Links to live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.