Sluggish Second Quarter Stings Warriors In Road Loss

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

LISLE, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team was held to a season-low 32.7 percent shooting as host Benedictine handed the Warriors a 63-51 defeat Tuesday night inside the Dan and Ada Rice Center. The Warriors were held to just four points in the second quarter and couldn't quite recover.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Benedictine 63, Wisconsin Lutheran 51
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (21-3, 17-2 NACC), Benedictine (16-8, 13-6 NACC)
  • Location: Dan and Ada Rice Center, Lisle, Ill.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The first quarter featured back-and-forth play for both teams, with the Warriors holding a slight 15-14 lead at the 1:34 mark.
  • BenU scored the final three points of the quarter and add 10 more consecutive points that spanned to the halfway point of the second period for a 27-15 lead over WLC.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran scored its only four points of the quarter on consecutive baskets under the four-minute mark, and the Eagles carried a 32-19 lead into halftime.
  • The Warriors were held to just 23.1 percent (6-for-26) shooting in the opening half, while Benedictine went for 44.4 percent (12-for-27).
  • WLC used a quick 6-0 run to begin the third quarter to cut the Eagles lead to seven points with 7:28 to play in the third period.
  • After trading baskets, Benedictine opened up a 14-point lead, its largest lead of the game, with under a minute left in the third quarter.
  • In the fourth quarter, the Warriors cut the BenU lead down to seven points on a three-point basket by Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis.) with 3:37 remaining.
  • The Eagles' Venita Parsons went 10-for-10 by herself from the free-throw line in the final two minutes to seal the win for the hosts.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Dowden led all scorers in the game with 27 points, tying a season-high. She also tied for a game-high nine rebounds.
  • Coreana Carson (Milwaukee, Wis.) was the only other Warrior in double-figures with 10 points.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran shot 18-for-55 for a season-low 32.7 percent. WLC was also 5-for-23 from the beyond the arc.
  • The Eagles held a slight advantage on the glass, out-rebounding the Warriors 37-35.

FOR THE FOES

  • Venita Parsons paced the Eagles with 22 points, while Allison Michalski added 13 points.
  • Benedictine shot 37.3 percent for the game, making 19 of 51 shot attempts. BenU also made 20 of 24 free-throw tries.
  • The Eagles won their second straight game over WLC in Lisle.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors return to action Saturday afternoon, traveling to cross-town NACC rival MSOE (10-14, 8-11 NACC) to close out their regular season slate at 4:15 p.m. Live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.