Warriors Tame 10th-Ranked Tigers, 70-63

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

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) - Sophomore Jenna Mace (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.) scored 17 of her career-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, as the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team overcame a nine-point third-quarter deficit to knock off the 10th-ranked DePauw Tigers 70-63 Saturday afternoon inside the Recreation Complex. It was the Warriors' third win over a top 25 team in as many seasons.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 70, No. 10 DePauw 63
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (3-2), DePauw (4-1)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • The Warriors and Tigers played a back-and-forth, tightly-contested opening quarter as neither team held more than a four-point lead. WLC took its first lead of the quarter at 17-15 with 2:05 left on a three-pointer from senior Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.). DePauw went into the second quarter with a 19-18 lead after out-scoring Wisconsin Lutheran 10-2 on points in the paint.
  • Sophomore Kalies Birkholz (Watertown, Wis.) gave the Warriors a 25-24 lead in the second quarter following a three-pointer at the 6:35 mark. The Tigers answered with a 7-0 run for a 31-25 lead and went into halftime in front 39-35. WLC shot 50 percent in the quarter, but DU held a 12-2 advantage on points in the paint.
  • The Tigers scored the first five points of the third quarter, forcing a Warriors timeout as they took their largest lead of the game of nine points. The Warriors responded with a 9-0 run of their own to tie the game at 44-44 after a three-pointer from senior Tierney Woodward (Poynette, Wis.). DePauw carried a 50-48 lead into the fourth quarter as both teams were held under 40 percent shooting in the period.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to take a 54-50 lead, an advantage that they would never relinquish. Mace took charge for the Warriors, scoring 17 straight points for her team as WLC built a 67-56 lead with just 0:51 seconds left the play. The Green and White built their largest lead at 70-58 behind a Kelly Tramburg free throw with 0:32 seconds left and went onto win 70-63.

  • Mace scored a career-high 23 points to lead three players in double figures. She also added five rebounds and three assists and was named to the All-Tournament Team.
  • Birkholz also added a career-high 12 points with Woodward scoring 12 of her own. Kelly Tramburg pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
  • WLC shot 45.7 percent (21-for-46) from the floor for the game and a sizzling 44 percent (11-for-25) from three-point range.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran committed just nine turnovers and out-scored the Tigers 13-6 in points off turnovers.
  • The win over the Tigers marks the Warriors' third win over a top 25 team in as many seasons and their first over DePauw in the all-time series.

  • Sydney Kopp led the 10th-ranked Tigers with a game-high 24 points as DePauw shot 39.3 percent (22-for-56) from the floor. The visitors out-rebounded the Warriors 42-24 and out-scored WLC 32-16 on points in the paint.

  • The Warriors have a week off before hosting NACC foe Concordia Wisconsin (0-3, 0-1 NACC) on Saturday, November 30 at 2:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.