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November 21, 2009

Concordia Pulls Away in Second Half to Beat PLU

PORTLAND, Ore. - Concordia University pulled away from a four-point halftime lead to defeat Pacific Lutheran, 77-56, in a non-conference women's basketball game played Saturday night in Cavalier Gymnasium.

After battling the Cavaliers (4-1) on nearly even terms through the first 20 minutes, the young Lutes (1-1) were unable to stay with the NAIA power from Portland. Concordia won the Cascade Collegiate Conference title and advanced to the Sweet 16 at its national tournament a year ago.

Frosh guard Shelly Kilcup had a big game for Pacific Lutheran scoring 19 points on 6-for-14 shooting from the field, including 4-for-7 from beyond the three-point line. Kilcup also made all three of her charity tosses. Junior point guard Mandy Wall scored seven points and led the Lutes with nine rebounds while Melissa Pixler contributed eight points and eight rebounds to the cause.

PLU was hurt by shooting woes, making just 28 percent of its shots from the field.

Megan Padilla scored 14 points to lead Concordia to the victory.

Pacific Lutheran returns to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday when it plays at NCAA Division II power Seattle Pacific.

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