Warriors Overpower Spartans For 14th Straight Win

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

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis.) scored 30 points on 11-of-14 shooting and the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team shot 56.6 percent from the floor en route to a 79-32 win over Aurora Tuesday night inside the Recreation Complex. The Warriors built a 20-point lead after scoring 27 first-quarter points and never looked back on the way to their 14th straight win.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 79, Aurora 32
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (14-1, 11-0 NACC), Aurora (8-8, 6-5 NACC)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Warriors jumped out to a 13-2 lead early in the first quarter, powered by seven points from Coreana Carson (Milwaukee, Wis.), including a triple from the top of the key that forced the Spartans to take a timeout with 4:58 remaining in the quarter.
  • WLC continued to keep the pressure on the visitors and used a 14-5 run to close out the first period. Wisconsin Lutheran held a 27-7 advantage after shooting a blistering 77.3 percent (11-of-15) from the field and forcing seven Aurora turnovers.
  • A three-point play from Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis.) pushed the Warriors lead to 26 with just over four minutes to play in the half, and WLC entered the locker room at halftime with a 46-19 lead.
  • Knueppel led the scoring for the Warriors in the first half with 20 points, including three triples. As a team, WLC shot 55.2 percent (16-of-29) from the floor.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran scored the first eight points of the second half, pushing its lead to 35 points and forcing the visitors to call a timeout.
  • A corner jumper from Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.) and a steal and score from Carson increased the Warriors lead to 40 with just under two minutes to play in the third quarter.
  • Knueppel connected on her fourth triple of the game at the 6:32 mark to put WLC ahead 67-26, and Lexi Reinke (Bonduel, Wis.) converted a corner jumper to give Wisconsin Lutheran a 41-point advantage with four minutes to play in the contest.
  • Tierney Woodward (Poynette, Wis.) buried back-to-back triples to increase the Warriors lead to 77-32 with just under two minutes remaining.
  • Katie Datka (Bayside, Wis.) converted a layup in the final minute to give WLC the 79-32 lead and victory, its largest margin of the game. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Knueppel paced WLC with 30 points, including 20 in the first half, and connected on five three-pointers.
  • Carson added 15 points, six assists, and four steals, while Dowden and Tramburg chipped in nine points apiece.
  • The Warriors shot 56.6 percent (30-of-53) from the field including 40 percent (8-for-20) from beyond the arc.
  • WLC forced 29 turnovers which it turned into 43 points, and out-scored AU 38-18 on points in the paint.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran held the visitors to a season-low 32 points, the third time this season it has held an opponent under 40 points.
  • The Warriors won for the fifth straight time over AU and improved its record in the all-time series to 20-5.

FOR THE FOES

  • Alyssa Brems led the Spartans with six points while Bailey Kramer and Allie Reichert scored five points apiece.
  • Meija Rabi pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds and added two blocks for the visitors.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors continue NACC play Saturday afternoon when they host Concordia Wisconsin (12-4, 9-2 NACC) for a 4:15 p.m. tip. The Falcons collected a 53-40 victory over MSOE Tuesday night. The two teams faced off earlier this season, with the Warriors collecting a 58-49 victory in Mequon. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.