MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Fueled by 29 straight points and 73.3 percent shooting in the opening quarter, the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team cruised to an 80-38 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference victory over MSOE Saturday afternoon inside the Recreation Complex on Winterfest.
- Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 80, MSOE 38
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (17-1, 14-0 NACC), MSOE (7-12, 5-9 NACC)
- Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Warriors scored the first 29 points of the contest, with Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis.) scoring seven points and Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis.) scoring 11 points, including three triples.
- Knueppel connected on back-to-back triples to push the WLC lead to 32 with four minutes remaining in the half.
- Coreana Carson (Milwaukee, Wis.) converted two free throws, followed by a triple from Dowden at the buzzer giving Wisconsin Lutheran a 51-16 lead at the half.
- WLC continued its dominance in the early stages of the second half, scoring the first 10 points of the third quarter to push its lead to 61-16 with 7:13 to play in the third period.
- Nikita Conroy (West Allis, Wis.), Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo.), and Tierney Woodward (Poynette, Wis.) all scored in the final minutes of the third quarter as WLC entered the final period with a 68-24 lead.
- Woodward connected on back-to-back triples in the fourth quarter, giving the Warriors a 74-26 advantage with eight minutes to play in the contest for WLC's largest lead of the game.
- Conroy and Katie Datka (Bayside, Wis.) scored in the final two minutes of the matchup to secure the 80-38 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Knueppel led WLC with 22 points, including 6-of-10 shooting from deep. All 22 points came in the first half for Knueppel.
- Dowden stuffed the stat sheet with 19 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
- Carson scored 11 points and dished out a game-high seven assists.
- Maddie Cruz (New Berlin, Wis.) pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, including four on the offensive glass.
- The Warriors shot 54.7 percent (29-of-53) from the floor and knocked down a season-best 53.8 percent (14-of-26) of their shots from beyond the arc. WLC shot 50 percent or better for the fifth time this season.
- Wisconsin Lutheran's 14 three-pointers were good for third in a game in program history.
- WLC out-scored MSOE 24-4 in points off turnovers.
- The Warriors held an opponent below 40 points for the fourth time this season.
- Wisconsin Lutheran won for the 18th straight time over the Raiders.
FOR THE FOES
- Rachel Ruona led the Raiders with 19 points off the bench while Jamie Spanbauer added 10 points.
- Samantha Brooker pulled down eight rebounds for the visitors.
- MSOE shot 31.1 percent (14-of-45) from the field and received 20 points from its bench.
- The Warriors travel to Plymouth to take on Lakeland Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. The Muskies (12-7, 9-5 NACC) defeated Alverno 72-58 Saturday afternoon. WLC was victorious in the first matchup between the two teams 60-46 in Milwaukee. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.