Late Rally Falls Short As Eagles Hand Warriors First Loss

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

LISLE, Ill. ( – The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the 2018-2019 campaign Saturday afternoon, falling to the Benedictine Eagles 61-52 inside the Dan and Ada Rice Center. The Warriors were held to 32 percent shooting and committed a season-high 22 turnovers in the defeat.

  • Final Score: Benedictine 61, Wisconsin Lutheran 52
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (11-1, 7-1 NACC), Benedictine (10-2, 6-1 NACC)
  • Location: Dan and Ada Rice Center, Lisle, Ill.

  • The hosts jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in the opening two minutes of the contest until Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.) converted two free throws to put the Warriors on the board.
  • Benedictine increased its lead to 14-6 with just over a minute to play in the opening quarter, but Amanda Brug (Sturtevant, Wis.) collected an offensive rebound and converted the ensuing layup to bring WLC within six points heading into the second quarter.
  • Lexi Reinke (Bonduel, Wis.) knocked down a triple from the right wing to bring the Warriors within two points, then Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis.) converted a free throw to tie the contest at 16-16 with just over five minutes to play in the second quarter.
  • Jenna Mace (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.) knocked down a free throw to cut the Benedictine lead to two points as Wisconsin Lutheran entered the halftime break trailing 23-21.
  • Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo.) scored four straight points out of the break to give WLC a 25-23 advantage, its first lead of the game, but the Eagles responded with six straight points to take a 33-27 lead with five minutes remaining in the third.
  • BenU extended its lead to 10 points with just under three minutes to play in the third quarter and maintained the 10-point advantage as the quarter came to a close with WLC trailing 44-34.
  • The Eagles increased their lead to 13, but Maddie Cruz (New Berlin, Wis.) and Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis.) knocked down back-to-back triples to bring Wisconsin Lutheran within seven points with 5:50 to play in the final quarter, forcing BenU to take a timeout.
  • Tramburg knocked down a three-pointer from the top of the key to cut the BenU lead to just five points, then Elrod converted a driving layup to bring the Warriors within four points with two minutes to play in regulation.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran was forced to foul and the Eagles converted three free throws in the final minute of the contest, taking the 61-52 victory.

  • Elrod led WLC with a game-high 15 points while Tramburg added 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
  • Reinke chipped in six points, eight rebounds, and four steals.
  • The Warriors shot 32 percent (16-of-50) from the floor and 65.2 percent (15-of-23) from the free throw line.
  • WLC committed a season-high 22 turnovers and its 32 percent shooting was its second-lowest mark of the season.

  • Allison Michalski led a balanced Benedictine scoring attack with 14 points while Alex Fanning added 12 points and nine rebounds.
  • BenU shot 37.7 percent (20-of-53) from the field and its bench out-scored WLC 22-9.
  • The Eagles have won the last three meetings over the Warriors at the Dan and Ada Rice Center.

  • The Warriors return to the Recreation Complex Tuesday when they host cross-town NACC foe MSOE. The Raiders (7-5, 5-3 NACC) defeated Edgewood 55-41 Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at