Warriors Soar Over Eagles In Battle Of NACC Unbeatens

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

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) - The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team remained the only undefeated team in NACC play following its 65-54 win over Benedictine on Saturday afternoon at the Recreation Complex. It's the second straight season the Warriors have started conference play 8-0.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 65, Benedictine 54
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (8-4, 8-0 NACC), Benedictine (11-2, 7-1 NACC)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendance: 244

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Warriors and Eagles traded baskets for much of the opening quarter, only to see the Eagles jump out to a game-high five-point lead at 17-12 shortly before the end of the first quarter. Coreana Carson's (Milwaukee, Wis./HOPE Christian) three-pointer as time expired put WLC within two points after the opening 10 minutes.
  • In a second quarter that featured four ties and five lead changes, neither WLC or BenU could find a sizeable lead as neither team led by more than three points. 
  • Benedictine did hold a narrow 32-31 lead at the halftime break. The Warriors shot 43.3 percent (13-for-30) in the first half, including 35.7 percent (5-for-14) from behind the arc. Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo./Conifer) scored nine first-half points to pace the Warriors.
  • Both teams traded baskets again for the first six minutes of the third quarter. The Warriors closed the third quarter on a 13-2 run to open up a 49-40 lead.
  • The Warriors' fourth quarter lead never went below double-digits as they led by a game-high 19 points, 63-44, with 4:29 left in the contest. WLC scored 34 points in the second half en route to the 65-54 victory.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) scored 21 points to lead three players in double-figures for WLC. Elrod scored 13 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and blocked five shots.
  • Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) added 12 points and four assists, while Maddie Cruz (New Berlin, Wis./Waukesha West) also dished out four assists. 
  • The Warriors shot 45.5 percent (25-for-55) from the field and went 7-for-24 from three-point territory.
  • Benedictine out-rebounded WLC 40-37, but the Warriors out-scored the Eagles 24-11 in points off turnovers. The Warriors also set a season-high in blocks with eight.
  • D'Asia Williams scored a game-high 22 points for the Eagles, who shot 32.8 percent (20-for-61) for the game.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors travel to Concordia Wisconsin (10-2, 8-1 NACC) on Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off at the R. John Buuck Field House. The Falcons are coming off of a 66-47 victory over Alverno on Saturday. Links to live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.