Warriors Use Balanced Attack To Bounce Regents

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

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team forced a season-high 31 turnovers and held host Rockford to 25.6 percent shooting from the field en route to a 73-42 road victory over the Regents Saturday afternoon inside the Seaver Center. The Warriors won their 13th straight game, tying the longest winning streak since the 2014-2015 season.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 73, Rockford 42
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (13-1, 10-0 NACC), Rockford (4-11, 2-8 NACC)
  • Location: Seaver Center, Rockford, Ill.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Warriors came out of the gate strong as they took an early 7-2 lead after a Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.) trey from the top of the key.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran's defense held the hosts without a field goal for 4:23 in the opening quarter and forced three turnovers in that span as WLC held a 12-5 lead with four minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
  • Tramburg scored eight points as WLC doubled up RU, 16-8, after one quarter of play.
  • After Rockford's Nicole Silvers buried a three-pointer from the wing on the Regents' opening possession of the second quarter, the Warriors used an explosive 15-0 run to break the game open.
  • Coreana Carson (Milwaukee, Wis.) converted a three-point play to push the Green and White's lead to 25-11 with 7:45 remaining in the half.
  • Jen Dowden's (Bonduel, Wis.) layup off a full-court pass from Carson gave WLC a 37-14 lead with three minutes remaining in the second quarter.
  • Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis.) scored the final five points of the half for Wisconsin Lutheran, which carried a 46-14 lead into the locker room.
  • The Warriors forced 21 first-half turnovers and held Rockford to just 25 percent shooting from the floor in the opening half.
  • Carson led all scorers with 13 points in the first half, while Knueppel added 11 of her own.
  • Back-to-back buckets from Knueppel gave WLC a 55-14 lead, its largest margin of the game, just two minutes into the second half.
  • The Regents were held without a field goal for the first 6:28 following the halftime break but converted three free throws from the charity stripe as WLC saw its lead grow to 56-19.
  • Tierney Woodward's (Poynette, Wis.) three-pointers on consecutive possessions gave the Green and White a 62-21 advantage. The Warriors carried a 62-25 lead into the fourth after three quarters of play.
  • The hosts scored the first seven points of the final quarter to trim Wisconsin Lutheran's lead to 62-32.
  • Four free throws from Wynonah Filla (Osseo, Wis.) pushed WLC's advantage to 68-32 with just over three minutes remaining in regulation.
  • The Warriors' lead never dropped below 26 points in the final quarter as they closed out the 73-42 conference victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Carson led three Warriors in double-figures with 16 points and dished out a team-high eight assists.
  • Knueppel and Tramburg each reached double-digits in the contest, finishing with 15 and 10 points, respectively.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran shot 37.7 percent (23-of-61) for the game and connected on 84 percent (21-of-25) from the free throw line.
  • The Warriors forced 31 turnovers which they converted into 27 points.
  • WLC controlled the glass, out-rebounding RU, 44-29, including a 16-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The 44 rebounds tied a season-high for the second straight game, while the 16 offensive boards were just one shy of a season-best.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran saw 12 different players fill the scoring column, as no starter played more than 25 minutes in the game.

FOR THE FOES

  • Katlyn Fiorucci led the Regents with nine points off the bench.
  • Silvers and Linzy Keller contributed eight points each to the scoring column.
  • The hosts shot only 25.6 percent (11-of-43) from the field.
  • The Regents forced 22 turnovers in the contest, which they converted into 13 points.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors return to action Tuesday night when they host Aurora (8-7, 6-4 NACC) inside the Recreation Complex. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wisconsin Lutheran won the first matchup of the season in Aurora January 30 by a score of 72-68. Live stats and video will be available for the matchup at WLCSports.com.