Women’s Basketball scoreless in final seven minutes of NAC defeat
Box Score: WLC 64, CUW 58
MEQUON, Wis. - Concordia University Wisconsin was on the verge of a Northern Athletics Conference upset before failing to score over the final 6:58 of a women's basketball home defeat, 64-58, to Wisconsin Lutheran College on Thursday afternoon inside the R. John Buuck Field House.
CUW took a nine-point lead off a Tiffany Hendrickson 3-pointer with 6:58 to play in the game before it went ice cold down the stretch. The Falcons finished the game 0-for-8 from the field and committed five turnovers, while WLC went on a 15-0 run to remain atop the NAC North Division.
CUW had balanced scoring with four players in double figures, but WLC used its athleticism and pressuring defense to turn the game in its favor. The Warriors turned to Jenna Neuberger and Shavon Dillon off the bench down the stretch as the two combined for seven points, four rebounds and a pair of assists during the Warriors scoring run.
Sophomore Katie Luethe (Oshkosh, Wis.) led the Falcons with 14 points, while grabbing a game-high eight rebounds. Juniors Tiffany Hendrickson (Ingleside, Ill.) and Brittany Zietlow (Oshkosh, Wis.) each tallied 13 points. Senior Kendall Kerns (Stoughton, Wis.) finished with 12 points and six rebounds for CUW (14-9, 13-4 NAC).
Katelyn Kuehl led all scorers with 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting. She also stole a game-high five passes, grabbed five rebounds and assists on three field goals. Neuberger added 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Dillon conclude the victory with seven points, a game-high five assists and four rebounds. Kristen Schultz chipped in nine points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked a game-high three shots for WLC (18-4, 15-1 NAC).
The Warriors went to the paint for its scoring and finished with a 28-12 advantage. WLC also relied on its bench for production, finishing with a 23-6 edge in scoring by non-starters.
CUW trailed for the majority of the opening half until it went on a 12-5 scoring run to close out the period. The Falcons went into the locker room at the intermission with a 35-29 lead behind Kerns and Luethe who scored 10 points apiece.
WLC fought back in the beginning of the second half to take a one-point lead, 39-38, less than four minutes into the final 20 minutes of play. CUW answered with three-straight jumpers and a triple by Zietlow to retake the lead, 48-38, its largest of the game.
The Falcons maintained a three possessions lead for nearly seven minutes prior to going cold from the floor over the final 6:58 on the loss.
CUW concludes the regular season portion of its schedule on Saturday with a 2 p.m. NAC contest at Maranatha Baptist Bible College. The game is the first part of a doubleheader with the men's program.