Warriors Lock Down 17th-Ranked Titans, 48-40

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

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WLCSports.com) – For the third time in program history, the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team is advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament after defeating the 17th-ranked Illinois Wesleyan Titans 48-40 inside Schoenecker Arena Friday night. Amanda Brug (Sturtevant, Wis.) led three players in double figures with a game-high 15 points as the Warriors held the Titans to just 30.2 percent shooting and 5.3 percent from three-point range.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 48, No. 17 Illinois Wesleyan 40
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (27-1), Illinois Wesleyan (23-5)
  • Location: Schoenecker Arena, St. Paul, Minn.

  • The Titans scored the first points of the contest, but the Warriors answered with seven straight over the next four minutes to take a 7-2 lead at the first media timeout of the opening quarter.
  • IWU cut WLC's lead down to three points, but Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis.) buried a deep triple from the left wing to push the Warriors' lead back to six points, forcing the Titans to take a timeout with 1:03 left in the first period. IWU closed the quarter on an 8-2 run as the contest was tied 16-16 after one period.
  • WLC trailed 18-16 early in the second quarter until Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.) knocked down a three-pointer, then Maddy Elrod (Conifer, Colo.) collected an offensive rebound and scored the ensuing putback to give the Warriors a 21-18 lead with just over seven minutes left in the second.
  • Illinois Wesleyan answered with a 7-4 run over the following two minutes to tie the contest at 25-25, but Amanda Brug (Sturtevant, Wis.) scored four straight points to close out the half, sending WLC into the break with a 29-25 lead.
  • The Titans scored the first five points of the second half to take a 30-29 lead, but Dowden responded with a triple to give WLC a 32-30 lead with 6:15 left in the third period.
  • Jenna Mace (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.) collected an offensive rebound and dished it off to Brug, who converted the back-door layup to increase Wisconsin Lutheran's lead to five, and the Warriors took their 35-30 lead into the final 10 minutes of regulation.
  • Brug opened the fourth-quarter scoring with a layup, increasing WLC's lead to seven points, and after an IWU basket, Brug converted a three-point play to extend the lead to eight points with 7:35 to play.
  • Both teams struggled to find the bottom of the basket over the following three minutes and the Warriors held a 42-34 lead at the final media timeout with 4:05 showing on the clock.
  • The Titans scored six straight points over the following three minutes to cut WLC's lead to four points, then Tramburg converted a free throw to push the lead back to five with under a minute to play.
  • After a stop on the defensive end, Reinke converted a free throw to increase the margin to six points with 23.4 seconds left on the clock.
  • The Warriors got another stop defensively, and Reinke knocked down two free throws as the Warriors secured the 48-40 victory.

  • Brug led all scorers with 15 points and four rebounds off the bench while Tramburg added 11 points and seven rebounds.
  • Dowden rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points and a game-high five steals while Reinke pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds, six assists, and three steals.
  • The Warriors shot 36.7 percent (18-of-49) from the field and out-rebounded Illinois Wesleyan 43-33, including 11 offensive rebounds.
  • WLC turned the ball over a season-high 27 times, but forced the Titans into 23 turnovers of their own.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran, which set a single season record for wins (27), held Illinois Wesleyan 36.5 points below its season average. 

  • Nina Anderson and Raven Hughes led IWU with nine points each while three other players added six points.
  • The Titans shot 30.2 percent (16-of-53) from the floor and were held to just 5.3 percent (1-of-19) from the three-point line.

  • The Warriors return to second round action tomorrow when they take on host St. Thomas. The second-ranked Tommies (27-1) defeated Ripon 88-58 Friday night in their first round game. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. inside Schoenecker Arena. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.