Seniors Lead Warriors To 2-0 Opening Weekend

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Behind 23 points from Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis.) and a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds from Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo.), the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team defeated the visiting Calvin Knights 64-50 Saturday afternoon inside the Recreation Complex. The Warriors forced 15 turnovers and dished out 17 assists in the victory. 

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 64, Calvin 50
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (2-0), Calvin (2-2)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • Lexi Reinke (Bonduel, Wis.) buried a triple from the top of the key on the Warriors' first possession of the game, then Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo.) collected an offensive rebound and scored the ensuing layup to put WLC ahead 5-0 just one minute into the game.
  • Calvin responded with a 7-0 run of its own to take a 7-5 lead, but Elrod connected on a mid-range jumper to tie the game at seven with just under five minutes to play in the first quarter.
  • Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.) connected on a corner triple, then Jenna Mace (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.) drove the length of the court and laid the ball in, giving the Warriors a 12-9 advantage.
  • The Warriors pushed their lead to 16-9 after a bucket from Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis.), but the Knights closed the quarter on a 6-0 run to trail by only point after one quarter.
  • Dowden scored the first points of the second quarter, followed by a triple from Reinke, extending the WLC lead to 21-15.
  • Calvin cut the Warriors' lead to just one, but Tierney Woodward (Poynette, Wis.) came off the bench and immediately knocked down a three from the top of the key to put WLC back ahead by four with three minutes to play in the half.
  • The two teams traded three pointers in the final minutes of the first half, with Wisconsin Lutheran holding a 32-29 advantage heading into the locker room.
  • The Knights tied the affair at 34-34 early in the second half, but Dowden connected on a corner three to give the Warriors a three-point lead.
  • Reinke and Dowden connected on back-to-back triples to extend the WLC lead to seven points, then Tramburg converted a layup on the ensuing possession to put Wisconsin Lutheran up nine with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.
  • WLC maintained a 48-42 advantage heading into the final period of play and extended its lead to eight points after two free throws from Dowden and four straight points from Tramburg.
  • Elrod and Reinke collected two straight offensive rebounds to allow WLC to continue to wind the clock down, and Reinke knocked down a jumper to push the Warriors lead to nine with just over two minutes to play.
  • Following a Calvin turnover, Dowden knocked down a triple from the right wing as the shot clock expired to give Wisconsin Lutheran a 61-49 lead with just 1:46 remaining.
  • Dowden iced the game with a three-point play with 1:14 on the clock, pushing the Warriors lead to a game-high 64-49 lead. WLC allowed just one Calvin point in the final two minutes of play, taking a 64-50 victory.

  • Dowden led the way for the Warriors with 23 points and six rebounds, while Elrod tallied her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 boards.
  • Reinke added 11 points and a game-high seven assists while Tramburg rounded out the WLC double-digit scorers with 10 points.
  • The Warriors connected on 38.3 percent (23-of-60) of their shots form the floor and knocked down nine triples.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran forced 15 turnovers while committing just eight of its own.
  • Dowden was named to the All-Classic Team as the Warriors went 2-0 in the Paul F. Knueppel Classic for the first time since the 2015-2016 season.

  • Gabby Timmer led Calvin with 15 points while Kara Minderhoud added nine points and seven rebounds.
  • The Knights shot 42.6 percent (20-of-47) from the floor while converting just 50 percent of their free throw attempts.

  • The Warriors open Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference play next Saturday when they host Aurora. The Spartans (0-3) fell to Monmouth 92-72 Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.