AURORA, Ill. (WLCSports.com) - Cailtin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) scored a season-high 23 points to lead three players in double-figures as the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team capped off 2016 with a convincing 85-38 victory over Aurora on Saturday afternoon on Lancaster Court.
- Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 85, Aurora 38
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (6-4, 6-0 NACC), Aurora (2-9, 1-5 NACC)
- Location: Thornton Gymnasium, Aurora, Ill. | Attendance: 73
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Warriors busted out to a 9-0 lead over the Spartans in the first quarter, but scored just three points over the final 5:23 of the opening period. WLC led 12-7 after the opening 10 minutes, as the two teams combined to shoot 29 percent (7-for-24) and totaled 14 turnovers.
- Wisconsin Lutheran opened the second quarter with an 8-2 spurt and led by a first-half best 15 points at the break, 34-15. The Warriors shot an impressive 56.3 percent in the second quarter as Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) led all scorers with 10 first-half points.
- WLC erupted for 30 third-quarter points and shot a sizzling 68.8 percent (11-for-16) as Knueppel went 5-for-5 from the floor. The Warriors closed the quarter on an 11-0 run to lead 64-39 after three.
- The Warriors continued their hot shooting in the fourth quarter, shooting 56.3 percent (9-for-16) from the floor. WLC's bench out-scored AU 17-9 in the fourth quarter on its way to tying a season-high with its 47-point victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Knueppel led all scorers with a season-high 23 points on six three pointers, adding 15 points in the third quarter alone.
- Dowden scored 18 points and Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo./Conifer) added 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Coreana Carson (Milwaukee, Wis./HOPE Christian) dished out five assists.
- The Warriors shot a season-best 54.0 percent (34-for-63) from the floor for the game, while holding Aurora to just 24.1 percent (14-for-58) for the contest.
- WLC out-rebounded AU, 48-29, and dominated points in the paint, 32-10.
- The Warriors have started NACC play 6-0 for the second straight season.
- Adriana Ramirez and Alyssa Brems scored 10 points each to pace the Spartans.
- The Warriors play the last of four straight road games on Tuesday when they travel to Madison for a 7:00 p.m. matchup with Edgewood (0-10, 0-5 NACC). The Eagles fell to Alverno on Saturday, 82-51. Links to live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.