Warriors Shoot Down Stars, Clinch Fourth Seed In NACC Tournament

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

RIVER FOREST, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team shot a season-best 57.1 percent from long distance and tied a season-high 54 percent from the floor as it closed the regular season by snapping a rare four-game losing streak and clinching the fourth seed in next week's NACC Tournament with an 87-57 victory over Dominican on Saturday afternoon inside Igini Sports Forum.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 87, Dominican 57
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (15-9, 15-5 NACC), Domincan (8-17, 6-14 NACC)
  • Location: Igini Sports Forum, River Forest, Ill. | Attendance: 110

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Warriors used an early 9-0 run to take a 14-3 lead halfway through the opening quarter. DU closed the gap to six, 15-9, with 2:24 left in the quarter, but WLC led 23-9 after the opening frame.
  • WLC never let its lead drift below double-digits during the second quarter, as it out-scored the Stars 15-10 in the period and doubled-up the hosts 38-19 at the half. Wisconsin Lutheran shot an impressive 46.9 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, led by 11 points from Coreana Carson (Milwaukee, Wis./HOPE Christian).
  • The Warriors padded their lead to 22 points, 50-28, at the 4:32 mark of the third quarter. The Stars held the 19-18 advantage in the quarter, despite WLC's 50 percent shooting from the field.
  • WLC put the game away in the fourth quarter, scoring a game-high 31 points, and pushing its lead to 31, the largest of the game, with under a minute to play. Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) scored 13 points in the quarter as the Warriors shot 70.6 percent in the final 10 minutes of play.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Knueppel led three Warriors in double-figures, scoring a game-high 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Carson scored a career-high 17 points, dished out nine assists, and collected four steals.
  • After missing the last six games, Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) returned to the floor to score 18 points while grabbing four boards and handing out five assists. Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo./Conifer) grabbed nine boards and had eight points. Tierney Woodward (Poynette, Wis./Poynette) had nine points off the Warriors' bench.
  • The Warriors shot 54 percent (34-for-63) for the game, while holding DU to 37.3 percent (22-for-59) from the floor.
  • The Warriors recorded 25 assists and forced 22 turnovers, which they converted into 28 points.
  • WLC improved to 28-0 all-time against the Stars. 
  • Dominican was led by 11 points from Angela Evola and 10 each from Shania Clark and Alexis Hoskins.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors open NACC Tournament play as the No. 4 seed, hosting No. 5 seed Concordia Chicago (15-10, 14-6 NACC) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. inside the Recreation Complex. The Cougars dropped a 75-72 decision to regular season champion Concordia Wisconsin today. The two teams split the season series, with each winning on their home court. Links to live stats and video for the game will be available at WLCSports.com.