Cougars' Late Comeback Sinks Warriors

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

RIVER FOREST, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – Three players reached double-figure scoring, but the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team dropped its third straight conference game, 73-70, against Concordia Chicago on Saturday afternoon inside Geiseman Gymnasium. It marks the first time since the 2006-2007 season that the Warriors have lost three straight conference games. 

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Concordia Chicago 73, Wisconsin Lutheran 70
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (14-8, 14-4 NACC), Concordia Chicago (14-9, 13-5 NACC)
  • Location: Geiseman Gymnasium, River Forest, Ill. | Attendance: 240

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) scored the Warriors' first five points of the game and eight of the first nine, but the CUC defense contained WLC's offense early on as the Cougars led 13-9 at the 4:13 mark of the opening quarter. 
  • Tierney Woodward (Poynette, Wis./Poynette) came off the bench and connected on four straight three-point attempts, bringing the Warriors within 23-21 with under a minute left.
  • CUC led 25-21 at the end of the first. The Warriors shot 43.8 percent in the opening quarter, but the Cougars were hot from the field, shooting 71.4 percent. Woodward led the team with 12 points off the bench.
  • Both offenses slowed down in the second quarter and struggled to score as CUC led 35-31 with 2:45 left in the half. CUC pushed its lead to as many as seven in the quarter but carried a 44-38 lead going into halftime.
  • The Cougars out-shot the Warriors in the opening half, 59.3 percent to 44.8 percent. Woodward led all scorers in the first half with 15 points with Knueppel scoring 10 of her own. WLC struggled from the charity stripe, making just 4-of-10 free throws. 
  • Wisconsin Lutheran tied the game at 48-48 at the 6:27 mark after a three-pointer from Coreana Carson (Milwaukee, Wis./HOPE Christian). WLC took its first lead since late in the first quarter at 50-48.
  • After a back-and-forth final couple of minutes in the quarter, Carson banked in a buzzer-beating three from the left wing to give the Warriors a 60-56 lead going into the final quarter.
  • Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo./Conifer) scored back-to-back baskets off offensive rebounds to give WLC the 67-62 lead at the 3:44 mark.
  • A Cougars free throw cut the Warriors' lead to just one, 67-66, with 1:19 left in regulation and they forced a turnover on the ensuing in-bounds pass, which they converted into a layup to take the lead.
  • Wynonah Filla's (Osseo, Wis./Osseo-Fairchild) jumper in the paint with 16.1 seconds left rattled around the rim and out, and the hosts connected on a free throw and got a key offensive rebound on the second one to seal the Cougars' victory.
  • The Warriors were out-scored 17-10 in the final quarter of action.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Knueppel led three Warriors in double-figures with 17 points. Elrod posted her fifth double-double of the season with a career-best 16 points and 11 rebounds, eight coming on the offensive glass.
  • Woodward tied a season-high 15 points on five three-pointers. Carson had nine points and a team-high six assists. Filla grabbed seven boards off the bench.
  • In a game that featured four ties and 11 lead changes, the Warriors shot 36.5 percent (23-for-63) for the game but just 50 percent from the free throw line (11-for-22). CUC shot 47.9 percent (23-for-48) from the floor and 47.6 from behind the arc.
  • The Warriors forced 23 turnovers while committing 16 and tied a season-high with 13 made three-pointers. 
  • Concordia Chicago was led by 19 points from Taylor Jacobsen, 17 from Miranda Rogers, 14 from Courtney Lofink, and 11 from Lauren Orr.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors begin their final week of the regular season with a critical road matchup against Lakeland (15-7, 13-4 NACC) on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. WLC defeated LU back on Nov. 29 in Milwaukee, 72-54, but the Muskies have won 11 of their last 13 NACC games. Links to live stats and video for the game will be available at WLCSports.com