Reinke's Career Night Propels Warriors Over Eagles

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Powered by a career-high 19 points and 10 rebounds from Lexi Reinke (Bonduel, Wis.), the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team avenged its lone loss of the season, defeating the visiting Benedictine Eagles 60-46 Friday night inside the Recreation Complex. The Warriors converted 10 free throws in the final 1:20 of the game to weather a comeback by the Eagles and improve to 13-1 in conference play.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 60, Benedictine 46
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (18-1, 13-1 NACC), Benedictine (16-4, 12-3 NACC)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • The two teams traded baskets to open the contest and remained knotted at five points apiece after four minutes in the opening quarter.
  • Reinke connected on a mid-range jumper, then Amanda Brug (Sturtevant, Wis.) converted a layup to give the Warriors a 9-8 lead with just under three minutes to play in the first quarter.
  • WLC then used a six-point swing to extend its lead to 15-8, forcing Benedictine to take a timeout with 1:09 on the clock in the first period.
  • BenU connected on a triple as time expired, cutting the hosts' lead to 16-11 after one quarter.
  • Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.) opened the second quarter with a steal and a layup, then Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo.) converted a layup, pushing the WLC lead to nine points with eight minutes left in the first half.
  • Brug scored four straight points to extend the Wisconsin Lutheran lead to 11 points, but the visitors answered with six straight points to cut the Warriors' lead to just five points with 1:36 remaining in the first half.
  • Reinke and Elrod each converted free throws, then Elrod connected on a jumper, giving the Warriors a 28-19 lead, but BenU connected on another triple as the clock expired, sending WLC into the locker room with a 28-22 advantage.
  • Maddie Cruz (New Berlin, Wis.) opened the second half with a triple from the left wing, but the Eagles answered with a 6-1 run over two minutes to cut the Warriors' lead to five points.
  • Brug answered with four straight points to push the hosts' lead back to nine points, then Tramburg scored a spinning layup, putting the hosts ahead 39-28, forcing BenU to take a timeout with 1:55 to play in the third period.
  • Jenna Mace (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.) scored a running jumper in the final minute of the third quarter, with WLC maintaining a 41-30 advantage heading into the fourth.
  • The Eagles opened the fourth quarter with five straight points, trimming the Wisconsin Lutheran lead to just six points, but Reinke scored four straight points to push the Green and White's lead back to 10 points with just over six minutes remaining.
  • Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis.) converted a three-point play, but the Eagles answered with a 7-0 run over the next two minutes, cutting the lead to six points with 2:33 to play in the game.
  • Reinke converted a driving layup, then Dowden knocked down two free throws to push the Warriors' lead back to eight points.
  • The Warriors converted 10 free throws in the final 1:20 of the contest to secure the 60-46 victory.

  • Reinke scored a career-high 19 points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for her first career double-double. The senior converted 9-of-10 of her free throw attempts in the contest.
  • Brug added 12 points while Dowden chipped in 11 points, five rebounds, and three assists.
  • The Warriors shot 42.9 percent (21-of-49) from the field and converted a season-high 17 free throws.
  • WLC out-scored the visitors 34-18 in the paint while forcing 23 turnovers, converting those into 27 points.
  • The win was the Warriors' 24th straight on their home court. 

  • Allison Michalski posted a game-high 20 points with seven rebounds, while Alex Fanning added eight points and 10 rebounds.
  • Benedictine was held to 32 percent (16-of-50) shooting from the field and 28.6 percent (6-of-21) from beyond the three-point line.

  • The Warriors face a quick turnaround when they travel to River Forest tomorrow to face Concordia Chicago. The Cougars (6-14, 6-9 NACC) fell to Concordia Wisconsin 86-54 in the Concordia Invitational last weekend. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.