Warriors Can't Overcome Slow Start In Loss To Falcons

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

MEQUON, Wis. (WLCSports.com) - The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team scored just seven points and shot 11.1 percent in the first half as it suffered its first NACC loss of the season against Concordia Wisconsin, 55-39, inside the R. John Buuck Field House on Wednesday night.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Concordia Wisconsin 55, Wisconsin Lutheran 39
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (8-5, 8-1 NACC), Concordia Wisconsin (10-2, 8-1 NACC)
  • Location: R. John Buuck Field House, Mequon, Wis. | Attendance: 231

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Warriors scored on their first possession of the game when Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo./Conifer) put back her own miss, but both teams struggled early to find a rhythm offensively. 
  • Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) connected on a three-point basket to give WLC a 5-3 lead with 6:06 left in the opening quarter, but the Falcons kept WLC off the scoreboard the rest of the quarter as the hosts led 15-5 after the opening period.
  • Knueppel snapped the scoreless streak that totaled 9:56, but her jumper was the only field goal of the quarter as the Warriors only scored two points in the second. 
  • The Falcons extended their lead to 30-7 going into the locker room. WLC shot just 11.1 percent and had 14 turnovers while CUW shot 45.8 percent from the floor.
  • WLC flipped a switch in the third quarter, scoring the first eight points of the half. 
  • Concordia Wisconsin pushed its lead to 36-18 with 3:34 left in the frame, but the Warriors rattled off a 10-0 run, capped off by two Elrod free throws down the stretch to cut the lead to single digits at 36-28 going into the fourth. WLC connected on eight of 11 shots from the floor in the quarter.
  • The Falcons' lead never got below eight points in the final quarter as they closed the game on an 8-0 run as the Warriors did not score over the final 3:52 of the game.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Despite being held scoreless in the first half, Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) led all scorers with 13 points and grabbed seven boards. Elrod finished with 10 points and seven boards, while Knueppel added 11 points in the backcourt for the Warriors.
  • The Warriors shot 28 percent (14-for-50) from the field and went just 2-for-14 from three-point territory. CUW ended up shooting 38.3 percent (18-for-47) in the game.
  • WLC held the slim advantage on the boards, 36-35, and points in the paint, 18-12. 
  • CUW's bench out-scored the Warriors' bench 18-0 and forced 20 turnovers. 
  • The Falcons were led by three players in double figures with 11 points each from Taylor DeLong off the bench and starter Brianna Wagner.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors return to the Recreation Complex on Saturday for a NACC matchup against Aurora (2-12, 1-8 NACC) at 2:00 p.m. WLC defeated the Spartans 85-38 in their first matchup of the season back on December 31 in Aurora, Ill. AU dropped its fourth straight, most recently a 53-49 defeat at Dominican on Wednesday. Links to live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.