Warriors Grind Out Win Over Eagles To Close Calendar Year

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MADISON, Wis. (WLCSports.com) – Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo.) scored a season-high 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team overcame its worst shooting performance of the season for a 52-46 NACC road win over Edgewood Saturday afternoon inside the Todd Wehr Edgedome. The Warriors held an opponent under 50 points for the sixth time this season.

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  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 52, Edgewood 46
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (10-0, 6-0 NACC), Edgewood (6-4, 3-3 NACC)
  • Location: Todd Wehr Edgedome, Madison, Wis.

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  • The Warriors got off to a slow start in the first quarter as they trailed 9-2 at the 3:55 mark. WLC scored seven straight to even the score at 9-9, but a three-pointer from the Eagles with just under a minute left gave the hosts a 12-9 lead the first period. Wisconsin Lutheran shot just 3-for-11 in the opening quarter and committed seven turnovers.
  • Four straight points from Elrod to begin the second quarter gave the Warriors their first lead of the game at 13-12. WLC continued its scoring surge by allowing just one field goal in the quarter and out-scoring the Eagles 17-4 over the final 7:48 before halftime for a 30-16 lead. Wisconsin Lutheran shot 44.4 percent (8-for-18) in the quarter and out-scored Edgewood 12-0 in points off turnovers. The Eagles were held to just 12.5 percent (1-for-8) shooting.
  • WLC tied its largest lead of the game on a layup from Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis.) for a 32-16 lead just 0:26 seconds into the third quarter. The Warriors struggled from that point on in the third quarter, scoring nine points and shooting just 3-for-16. The Eagles cut their deficit to as close as eight points on four different occasions in the quarter and WLC carried a 41-31 lead into the fourth quarter.
  • The Warriors answered the first bucket from the Eagles in the fourth quarter with five straight for a 13-point lead following a Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.) triple. EC followed with five straight of its own and trimmed its deficit to eight with 7:29 remaining. WLC brought its lead back up to 10 points twice under the 4:17 mark, but was held scoreless for the final 3:39. Fortunately, the Eagles' only field goal was a three-pointer during that span as the visitors escaped with the 52-46 win despite 6-for-10 shooting from the hosts in the fourth quarter.

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  • Elrod led all scorers in the game with a season-high 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.
  • Dowden followed with 13 points for her 17th consecutive double-digit scoring performance. Lexi Reinke (Bonduel, Wis.) snagged a career-high 10 rebounds.
  • The Warriors were limited to a season-low 31.9 percent (18-for-57) shooting, but controlled the glass 40-28, including 19 on the offensive end.
  • WLC dominated points off turnovers 26-11 and second-chance points 16-0.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran won its 15th straight game over Edgewood and capped the 2018 calendar year with a 26-3 record.

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  • Abby Shane scored 14 points and was the lone Eagle to reach double figures.
  • Edgewood shot 39.1 percent (18-for-46) from the floor, including 45.5 percent (5-for-11) from three-point range.

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  • The Warriors play their first home game in nearly a month when they host Marian (0-12, 0-7 NACC) next Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.