Fast Start Fuels Women's Basketball To First Win

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

WHEATON, Ill. (WLCSports.com) - Sophomore Jenna Mace (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.) scored a career-high 18 points and the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team used a 21-1 first-half run to get past Lake Forest 70-62 for its win of the season Saturday afternoon in the Beth Baker Classic at King Arena.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 70, Lake Forest 62
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (1-1), Lake Forest (2-2)
  • Location: King Arena, Wheaton, Ill.

  • The Warriors and Foresters were deadlocked 6-6 with 3:48 gone by in the opening quarter. WLC took control of the game shortly after by going on a 21-1 run that spanned through the remainder of the first quarter and five and a half minutes into the second period. Wisconsin Lutheran shot an even 50 percent in the opening stanza to carry an 18-7 lead that grew to 27-7 with 4:31 left before halftime.
  • The Green and White grew their lead to a game-high 21 points at 31-10 after a pair of Mace free throws with 3:04 left before the break. Lake Forest made its biggest run of the contest to close the half, as it went on a 13-4 run to close within 12 points at the break. Wisconsin Lutheran remained hot in the second quarter, shooting 75 percent as Mace paved the way with eight points in the quarter.
  • WLC never saw its lead drop below double-digits in the third quarter, as it held a lead of 15 points four times throughout the 10-minute frame. The Warriors were held to just 38 percent shooting in the period, but four of its five made field goals were three-pointers from seniors Tierney Woodward (Poynette, Wis.) and Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.) as they carried an 11-point lead into the fourth period.
  • The Foresters brought their deficit to single digits for the first time since the first quarter with 9:12 left in the game. LFC came within four points as 60-56 following a 7-2 run at the 2:46 mark. Leading 64-60 with 1:12 remaining, the Warriors sealed the game by going 6-for-6 from the free throw line for a 70-62 win.

  • Mace paced four players in double figures with a career-high 18 points. Junior Amanda Brug (Sturtevant, Wis.) followed with 14 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks, while Woodward and Kelly Tramburg added 13 points 10 points each.
  • The Warriors shot 52.1 percent (25-for-48) from the floor and 72.2 percent (13-for-18) from the charity stripe.
  • WLC scored 30 points in the paint, 17 points off turnovers, and received 15 points from its bench.
  • The matchup marked the first meeting all-time between the Warriors and Foresters.

  • Kelsey Burton scored a team-high 16 points for Lake Forest, which shot 37.1 percent from the floor and out-rebounded Wisconsin Lutheran, 38-27.

  • Wisconsin Lutheran (1-1) opens conference play Wednesday when it continues its season-opening three-game road swing at Aurora (1-0). Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.