Wisconsin Lutheran Captures NACC Women's Basketball Tourney Crown, NCAA AQ

Wisconsin Lutheran College, 2019 NACC Women's Basketball Tournament Champions
(Photo Credit: Steve Frommell, d3photography.com)
Wisconsin Lutheran College, 2019 NACC Women's Basketball Tournament Champions (Photo Credit: Steve Frommell, d3photography.com)

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MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Powered by a season-high 30 points and 11 rebounds from senior Jen Dowden (Bonduel, Wis.), the top-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team defeated the visiting third-seeded Concordia Wisconsin Falcons 67-47 in the NACC Tournament Final Saturday night inside the Recreation Complex. With the win, the Warriors earn the NACC's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament for the second straight season and eighth time in the last nine years. With her layup at the 1:50 mark in the fourth quarter, Dowden became the all-time leading scorer in program history with 1,743 points in her Warriors' career.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 67, Concordia Wisconsin 47
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (26-1), Concordia Wisconsin (19-9)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The two teams traded baskets in the opening minutes of the contest and remained tied at 4-4 two minutes into the game until Dowden buried a triple from the left wing, then Kelly Tramburg(Fall River, Wis.) converted a three-point play to give the Warriors a 10-4 lead.
  • Tramburg connected from beyond the arc again to push WLC's lead to 20-9, and Wisconsin Lutheran took a 20-11 lead into the second quarter after connecting on 50 percent (6-of-12) from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe in the opening quarter.
  • Concordia Wisconsin scored the opening basket of the second quarter, but the Warriors responded with eight straight points, including five from Dowden, to push their lead to 28-13 with 5:44 to play in the first half.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran took a 36-21 advantage into the locker room at halftime after shooting 50 percent in the second quarter and holding the visiting Falcons to 34.8 percent shooting in the first half.
  • The Warriors pushed their lead to 20 points at the 2:35 mark in the third quarter when Dowden knocked down a three-pointer from the left wing, then Tramburg converted a back-door layup to extend WLC's lead to 48-26 with just under two minutes remaining in the third period.
  • CUW connected on two triples to close out the third quarter, but Wisconsin Lutheran maintained a 49-32 lead heading into the final 10 minutes of play.
  • The Falcons cut the Warriors' lead down to 13 points, but the hosts responded with eight straight points over a two-minute span to extend their lead to 21 with just under five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
  • Dowden converted a layup at the 1:50 mark to increase Wisconsin Lutheran's lead to 24 points, and in doing so became the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,743 points.
  • The Warriors' lead never fell below 20 points as they clinched the NACC Tournament crown with the 67-47 victory. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Dowden led all scorers with a season-best 30 points while pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds. She became the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,743 points in her decorated career for the Green & White.
  • Lexi Reinke (Bonduel, Wis.) added 12 points while Tramburg rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points and eight rebounds. 
  • The Warriors shot 49 perrcent (25-of-51) frrom the floor and converted 73.3 percent (11-of-15) from the chairty stripe. 
  • WLC dominated the backboards, out-rebounding the Falcons 41-23 and out-scoring the Falcons 34-20 in the paint.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran scored 19 second chance points off of 15 offensive rebounds.
  • The Warriors advance to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in nine years.

FOR THE FOES

  • Baylee Barker led CUW with 13 points while Ashley Solberg added 12 points. 
  • The Falcons were held to 33.3 percent (16-of-48) shooting from the floor and 37.5 percent (3-of-8) from beyond the three-point line.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors, who earned the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, will find out their first round opponent Monday at 1:30 p.m. as part of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Selection Show. Join the team in the Warrior Underground on campus or watch it live at NCAA.com.