Warriors Wallop Falcons In NAC Title Game, Secure NCAA Bid
MILWAUKEE -- Host Wisconsin Lutheran led the entire contest and defeated visiting Concordia Wisconsin, 75-52, in the 2013 Northern Athletics Conference Tournament Championship for its third-consecutive tournament title.
The Warriors (25-2) jumped out to a 15-2 lead and didn't look back, increasing their lead to 25 points on a Shavon Dillon layup with 2:14 to play in the first period, and took a 42-19 advantage into the locker room at halftime in the battle of NAC Division champions.
The Falcons (19-9) cut the deficit to 16 points with just under nine minutes to play, but couldn't get any closer as the Warriors went up a game-high 26 points just minutes later.
Although Wisconsin Lutheran missed 10 of its free-throw attempts, the Warriors connected on nearly 51 percent of their shots from the field and were 4-of-6 from the 3-point arc.
Defensively, the Warriors forced the Falcons -- who lead the league with the fewest turnovers per game -- into 21 turnovers, and held the visitors to just 32 percent from the field.
Dillon led the Warriors with 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting, while Kristen Schulz went 7-of-11 for 16 points and Rachel Hoft came off the bench to chip in 11. Kelli Johnson had a game-high 10 rebounds for WLC.
Katie Luethe led the Falcons with 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting, while Brittany Zietlow added 11 and Megan Coenen 10. Camille Parsons snagged nine rebounds to lead the Falcons, who outrebounded the Warriors 37-35.
Wisconsin Lutheran secured the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament with its fourth NAC tournament title in the last seven seasons. The Warriors will find out their first-round opponent and location on Monday.