MEQUON, Wis. – It was a thing of beauty on Monday night, as Katelyn Sewall put on a show from downtown with five 3-pointers to spark Concordia University Wisconsin to a 72-57 non-conference victory over Beloit College inside the R. John Buuck Field House.
The rookie finished with a game-high 22 points, which included 7-of-7 from the free throw line, to go along with four assists and five steals. When the Falcons needed a timely bucket they looked for the point guard from Menasha, Wis., as she rose to the occasion in just her second career game. She was one long ball shy of tying the single game program record.
"Katelyn had a very nice game on both ends of the court," head coach Stacey Brunner-Jones said. "She has been improving each and every day as our starting point guard. Winning the first two games to start the season is important for us and we are learning and getting better as a team on each possession."
CUW forced 30 turnovers and converted those BC errors into 29 points, while also scoring 10 points on 13 offensive rebounds. They also recorded 20 steals, which is the sixth most in a game in program history. The Falcons used a 17-4 scoring run early in the game to take control by double-figures, but the Buccaneers chipped away and got to within two points less than a minute before halftime.
Brunner-Jones and her staff made adjustments at halftime before sending CUW back out onto the court, which resulted in a 14-4 scoring run to take complete control of the momentum with 15:14 to play and a 49-34 advantage on the scoreboard.
Junior Madelyn Landgraf (Elkhart Lake, Wis.) added 18 points on 5-of-9 from the floor and 7-of-8 at the free throw line, to go along with five assists and a career-best eight rebounds. Junior Megan Coenen (Green Bay, Wis.) recorded 14 points, eight rebounds (six offensive), and a career-high four steals.
Sophomore Samantha Blissett (Springfield, Ill.) and freshman Caitlin Hewitt (Ishpeming, Mich.) had four and two steals, respectively. Freshman Audrey Scharmer (Winona, Minn.) came in off the bench and finished with nine points, four rebounds and four steals in 21 minutes of action.
Lana Wieseman led the Buccaneers (1-1) with 18 points, two blocks and two steals, and Nor Polaski had 10 points and seven rebounds. Kelsey Horvath scored 13 points, but struggled with 11 turnovers. BC ended the game shooting 54.8 percent from the field.
CUW returns to the court on Tuesday, Nov. 25 for its Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference opener at Concordia University Chicago at 7 p.m.