MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – The 25th-ranked Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team made its first six shots and jumped out to a 32-5 lead after the first quarter en route to an 86-44 non-conference win over Maranatha Thursday night inside the Recreation Complex. Caitlin Knueppel (Wauwatosa, Wis.) tied a career-high with seven three-pointers in the first half alone, finishing with a game-high 23 points.
- Final Score: No. 25 Wisconsin Lutheran 86, Maranatha 44
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (18-2), Maranatha (6-10)
- Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Warriors jumped out to a 15-2 lead just four minutes into the contest, with Knueppel connecting on three shots from beyond the arc.
- WLC used a 17-3 run to close out the quarter, powered by triples from Knueppel and Tierney Woodward (Poynette, Wis.), taking a 32-5 lead into the second quarter.
- After a three-point play from Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.), WLC held a 41-11 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the first half.
- Knueppel connected on back-to-back triples to push the Warriors lead to 40 points, 53-13, with two minutes to play in the half.
- WLC entered the half maintaining a 56-17 advantage, shooting 64.5 percent from the floor in the half and connecting on 10 three-pointers.
- Both teams struggled to find the bottom of the basket in the opening stages of the third quarter, with the Warriors holding a 57-19 lead.
- Amanda Brug (Sturtevant, Wis.) scored four straight points for WLC, which entered the final quarter of play with a 65-28 lead.
- Nikita Conroy (West Allis, Wis.) scored six straight points, then Woodward followed with a three-pointer to push the Warriors lead to 43 points with six minutes left in the contest.
- Katie Datka (Bayside, Wis.) and Emily Frey (Milwaukee, Wis.) scored in the final minute of the contest to secure the 86-44 triumph.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Knueppel led WLC with 23 points, including 7-of-10 shooting from three. All of her 23 points came in the first half.
- Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis.) added 10 first-half points, while Tramburg and Woodward chipped in nine points apiece.
- The Warriors shot 52.6 percent (30-of-57) from the field and connected on 48.1 percent (13-of-27) from the three-point line. Wisconsin Lutheran's 13 three-pointers were the second-highest of the season.
- WLC out-rebounded the visitors 43-31 and out-scored MBU 28-14 in the paint.
- The 86 points from the Warriors were their second-highest of the season.
FOR THE FOES
- Maranatha shot 32.8 percent (20-of-61) from the field, with Alexis Bueltel leading the way with 16 points.
- Kelsey Johnson added 14 points and Karley Johnson pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.
- The Warriors held the Sabercats to just 13.3 percent (2-of-15) from long distance.
- The Warriors return to Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference play Saturday when they travel to Madison to take on Edgewood. The Eagles (9-11, 7-8 NACC) earned a 66-62 victory over MSOE Tuesday night. In its first matchup of the season, WLC earned a 58-36 triumph, with Caitlin Knueppel scoring a game-high 16 points.