Balanced Attack Leads Warriors Over Falcons

Photo Credit: Caleb Williams, d3photography.com
Photo Credit: Caleb Williams, d3photography.com

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Five players scored in double figures and Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo.) posted her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team downed the visiting Concordia Wisconsin Falcons 74-52 Thursday night inside the Recreation Complex. The Warriors never trailed in the contest and doubled up CUW on the backboards 34-17 en route to their 10th straight win.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 74, Concordia Wisconsin 52
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (21-1, 16-1 NACC), Concordia Wisconsin (15-7, 13-4 NACC)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • WLC jumped out to a 7-0 lead after free throws from Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis.) and a triple from Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.), then Dowden scored four straight points to push Wisconsin Lutheran's lead to eight with five minutes remaining in the opening period.
  • Lexi Reinke (Bonduel, Wis.) connected on a triple from the top of the key, then Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo.) collected an offensive rebound and scored the putback to give WLC an 18-9 lead after one quarter.
  • Maddie Cruz (New Berlin, Wis.) opened the scoring in the second quarter with a transition triple, extending the Warriors' lead to 12 points with 7:30 left in the first half.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran used an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to push its lead to 29-10, forcing CUW to take a timeout with 3:49 remaining in the first half.
  • Concordia Wisconsin answered with four quick points, but Jenna Mace (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.) buried a corner three and Amanda Brug (Sturtevant, Wis.) grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the ensuing layup, sending the Warriors into the locker room with a 34-17 advantage, holding the visiting Falcons to just 19.2 percent shooting in the first half.
  • CUW opened the second half with eight straight points to trim Wisconsin Lutheran's lead to nine, but Elrod used a personal 4-0 run to put WLC back ahead by 13 points with just over five minutes to play in the third quarter.
  • Reinke scored the next eight points for the Warriors, capped off by a three-point play that pushed WLC's lead to 18 points, and two free throws from Mace with one second left on the clock in the third quarter put Wisconsin Lutheran ahead 56-37 with one quarter left to play.
  • Tramburg and Mace connected on back-to-back triples to open the fourth quarter, extending the Warriors' lead to 22 points, forcing the Falcons to take a timeout with 7:31 remaining.
  • Brug scored four straight points in the paint with less than three minutes on the clock, then Mace converted a three-point play to extend the lead to 24, the largest of the contest with just over one minute remaining.

  • Elrod paced the balanced Warriors attack with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Reinke added 13 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.
  • Kelly Tramburg scored 12 points with Dowden and Mace rounding out the double-digit scorers with 11 points each.
  • WLC shot a blistering 52.9 percent (27-of-51) from the floor, including a season-best 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from three-point range.
  • The Warriors dominated the paint, out-rebounding CUW 34-17 and out-scoring the Falcons 36-22 in the paint.
  • WLC never trailed in the contest and scored 20 second chance points off 11 offensive rebounds.

  • Baylee Barker led CUW with 15 points while Camryn Szolyga added 14 points and five rebounds.
  • The Falcons shot 37.8 percent (17-of-45) from the floor and were held to 25 percent (5-of-20) shooting from three-point land.

  • The Warriors play their final regular season road contest Tuesday when they travel to Rockford. The Regents (2-19, 2-15 NACC) fell to Concordia Chicago 79-60 Wednesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Live stats and video links will be available at WLCSports.com.