WLC Wins Eighth Straight, Clinches NACC Tournament Berth

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

RIVER FOREST, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis.) scored a game-high 25 points and the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team held the host Concordia Chicago Cougars scoreless over the final 5:08 of regulation en route to a 69-50 victory Saturday afternoon inside Geiseman Gymnasium. With the win, the Warriors secured their 13th straight NACC Tournament appearance.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 69, Concordia Chicago 50
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (19-1, 14-1 NACC), Concordia Chicago (6-15, 6-10 NACC)
  • Location: Geiseman Gymnasium, River Forest, Ill.

  • Lexi Reinke (Bonduel, Wis.) opened the scoring on the first possession with a driving layup, then Dowden converted another layup to put WLC ahead 4-0 just one minute into the contest.
  • Maddie Cruz (New Berlin, Wis.) knocked down a transition triple, then Dowden buried a three-pointer to extend WLC's lead to 14-4, forcing CUC to take a timeout with 4:43 left in the first period.
  • Jenna Mace (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.) scored five straight points, followed by a layup from Amanda Brug (Sturtevant, Wis.) that sent the Warriors into the second quarter holding a 21-10 advantage.
  • Concordia Chicago used a 7-0 run over two minutes to cut the Warriors' lead to six points, but Reinke answered with five straight points to push Wisconsin Lutheran's lead back to 11 points with six minutes remaining in the half.
  • After a layup from Dowden, Mace knocked down four straight free throws and Wisconsin Lutheran took a 40-26 lead into the locker room at halftime, with Dowden leading all scorers with 16 points.
  • Neither team could gather momentum out of the locker room in the second half, with WLC maintaining a 42-28 lead. Dowden knocked down a transition triple to push the Warriors' lead back to 15 points with just under six minutes remaining in the third quarter.
  • CUC answered with seven straight points to trim the WLC lead down to 10 points, and Mace converted two free throws in the final 10 seconds of the quarter to extend the lead back to 10 heading into the final quarter of play.
  • Dowden opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back triples to extend the Wisconsin Lutheran lead to 16 points with eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
  • The Cougars responded with a 7-0 run over the next three minutes to cut the lead back down to 10 points with four minutes to play in regulation.
  • The Warriors held CUC without a point over the final 5:08 of the contest and converted six free throws in the final two minutes to secure the 69-50 victory.

  • Dowden paced the Warriors with 25 points, including 5-of-6 shooting from three, while Mace added a season-high 12 points.
  • Reinke stuffed the stat sheet with nine points, four rebounds, and four blocks, while Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.) scored eight points with five rebounds and four assists.
  • The Warriors connected on 50 percent (22-of-44) of their shots from the floor and knocked down 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from downtown.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran forced 16 CUC turnovers and converted them into 24 points while rejecting a season-high seven shots.

  • Sarah Ludwig led CUC with 14 points off the bench while Crystal Corr added 11 points and six boards.
  • The Cougars were held to 38 percent (19-of-50) shooting from the field and just 21.4 percent (3-of-14) from three-point land.

  • The Warriors return home Tuesday to begin a two-game homestand when they host Dominican. The Stars (13-8. 9-7 NACC) defeated Illinois Tech 64-27 Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. inside the Recreation Complex. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.