Dominant Fourth Quarter Sends Warriors Into NACC Semifinals

Photo Credit: WLC Athletic Communications
Photo Credit: WLC Athletic Communications

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) - Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) scored a career-high 26 points and the fourth-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team shutout fifth-seeded Concordia Chicago 27-0 in the fourth quarter en route to a 66-45 win over the Cougars in a NACC Tournament First Round game on Tuesday night inside the Recreation Complex.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: No. 4 Wisconsin Lutheran 66, No. 5 Concordia Chicago 45
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (16-9), Concordia Chicago (15-11)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendance: 199

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Warriors opened up a quick 6-2 lead after a pair of three-pointers from Knueppel, but the Cougars responded by rattling off nine straight for an 11-6 lead. Wynonah Filla (Osseo, Wis./Osseo-Fairchild) gave WLC another six-point cushion with back-to-back triples, but CUC closed the first quarter on another 9-0 run for a 20-17 lead.
  • The Warriors shot 50 percent (5-for-10) from three-point range in the first quarter, but the Cougars made nine trips to the charity stripe, making five attempts. Meanwhile, Wisconsin Lutheran did not attempt a free throw in the quarter.
  • Both teams struggled from the field in the second quarter, shooting a combined 5-for-27. An 8-0 run by the Warriors over nearly a seven-minute span gave them a six-point lead with 1:40 left before halftime. WLC went into the locker room at the break ahead 29-24.
  • The Warriors shot just 20 percent (3-for-15) in the second quarter, while the Cougars were held to an even lower 16.7 percent (2-for-12).
  • Concordia Chicago came out in the third quarter with a 16-4 run and held the lead for nearly eight minutes of the quarter. CUC led by a game-high nine points twice in the third period, but a three-pointer from Knueppel as time expired put the Warriors within six points, 45-39, after three quarters of play.
  • WLC committed eight turnovers and shot 36.4 percent (4-for-11) in the third period, while CUC shot 47.1 percent (8-for-17) from the floor.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran saved its best quarter for last, as it shot 50 percent (8-for-16) and made six of its eight field goals from beyond the arc. Defensively, the Warriors held the Cougars without a single point over the final 10 minutes and ended the game on an unprecedented 30-0 run. WLC built its lead to a game-high 21 points before time expired.
  • Knueppel netted half of her points (13) in the fourth quarter alone and CUC was held to 0-for-10 from the floor and 0-for-2 from the charity stripe in the final frame.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Knueppel finished with a career-high 26 points to lead three players in double-figures. She knocked down a career-best seven three-pointers.
  • Filla totaled 16 points off the bench and Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Lexi Reinke (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) contributed nine rebounds and five assists off the bench.
  • The Warriors out-shot the Cougars 37.5 percent (21-for-56) to 30.9 percent (17-for-55), but CUC controlled points off turnovers, 27-15, points in the paint, 22-10, and fastbreak points, 11-0. WLC dominated the rebounding battle, 49-32, and bench points, 30-13.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran connected on a season-high 15 three-pointers and has made at least 12 three's in three of its last four games.
  • The Warriors improved to 24-3 all-time in NACC Tournament games and 21-3 all-time against the Cougars.
  • Taylor Jacobsen and Courtney Lofink scored nine points each to lead the Cougars.

UP NEXT

  • Wisconsin Lutheran travels to Mequon on Thursday to face top-seeded Concordia Wisconsin (21-4, 18-2 NACC) in a NACC Tournament Semifinal matchup at 7:00 p.m. The Falcons, who received a first round bye, have won seven straight games to finish the regular season. CUW defeated WLC in both regular season meetings, winning by 16 points both times. Links to live stats and video for the game will be available at WLCSports.com.