Late Comeback Falls Short In Season Opener

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

WHEATON, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – Despite nearly erasing a game-high 16-point deficit late, the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team fell in its season opener 69-63 to Alma (Mich.) at the Beth Baker Classic inside King Arena Friday afternoon.

  • Final Score: Alma 69, Wisconsin Lutheran 63
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (0-1), Alma (2-1)
  • Location: King Arena, Wheaton, Ill.

  • Alma scored the first points of the game, but the Warriors tied the game less than a minute later as senior Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.) converted a layup attempt for the first points of the season.
  • After a sophomore Jenna Mace (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.) three-pointer to tie the game at 5-5, WLC took an 8-7 lead when Tramburg knocked down a three off a pass from Mace.
  • The Scots used a scoring run to gain a 17-13 lead with just seven seconds remaining in the first quarter, but junior Nikita Conroy (West Allis, Wis.) made a layup just before the buzzer to cut the lead to two points.
  • With Alma's lead back up to six, Mace connected on her second three of the game to close the gap back to three points at 23-20.
  • Midway through the second quarter, the Scots pushed the advantage to 12 after going on a 9-0 scoring run capped by a three-pointer.
  • The Warriors held the Scots to only two points over the final four minutes of the half and entered the break down eight. Sophomore Kalies Birkholz (Watertown, Wis.) found her stroke from beyond the arc and junior Amanda Brug (Sturtevant, Wis.) finished close to the hoop with a driving layup to add some offense for the Warriors.
  • WLC scored the opening bucket of the second half before Alma went on another nine-point run to push the lead to 43-29. Tramburg ended the run with a layup midway through the third quarter.
  • The Warriors found some success getting to the free throw line, drawing fouls on three consecutive offensive possessions. WLC converted five of six free throw attempts to keep the deficit at 14.
  • WLC closed the third quarter with a scoring run of its own, out-scoring Alma 9-3 in the final three minutes. Sophomore Morgan Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.) and Brug both scored in the final minute as the Warriors brought the score within 10 at 55-45 heading into the final period.
  • Trailing by 15 with seven minutes to play, the Warriors rattled off an 11-0 run in a span of 2:30 to close the gap to just four at 62-58. Kelly Tramburg connected on a layup and later hit a three to finish the Warriors' scoring run.
  • Alma extended its lead back to eight, but once again the Warriors closed the gap to three, including a three-point play by Mace with just under two minutes to play. The Green and White were unable to get any closer, however, and the Scots finished with a trio of free throw makes to end the game at 69-63.

  • Kelly Tramburg, Mace, and Brug led the Warriors' scoring, finishing with 15, 13, and 12 points respectively. Tramburg converted 6-of-10 from the floor and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc.
  • The Warriors shot 44.4 percent (24-of-54) from the field and 35.0 percent (7-of-20) from deep. WLC got hot in the second half, shooting 53.8 percent (14-of-26) and converting 7-of-9 free throw attempts.
  • Tramburg paced the Warriors with eight rebounds, while Mace led the team with five assists and added three steals.

  • Jeny Brandt led the way for the Scots, posting a double-double with 25 points and 14 rebounds on 9-of-12 shooting and a perfect 7-of-7 from the line.
  • Alma out-rebounded the Warriors 38-22 over the course of the game, adding 11 offensive rebounds.

  • The Warriors return to the court tomorrow for their second game at the Beth Baker Classic. WLC will face either Lake Forest or host Wheaton with tip-off scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.