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November 24, 2009

Kilcup Pours in 23 But Lutes Fall to Falcons

SEATTLE - Shelly Kilcup poured in 23 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the field, but her production wasn't enough as Pacific Lutheran dropped a 76-57 non-conference women's basketball decision to Seattle Pacific on Tuesday night at Brougham Pavilion.

Kilcup, a frosh guard out of Fife High School, led the Lutes in scoring for the second straight game. Just three days after scoring 19 points in a loss to Concordia, Kilcup again came off the bench to lead the PLU offense. She was 3-for-4 from long range and also made all four of her free throws. For good meadure, Kilcup led the Lutes with seven rebounds.

On this night, however, a talented NCAA Division II Seattle Pacific team was too much for the Lutes, even though the visitors started out well. Kilcup's jumper gave the Lutes an 8-6 lead with 14:24 left in the opening half, but the Falcons went on a 9-0 run and were never headed after that. Pacific Lutheran was able to cut its deficit to two points, but with just under two minutes remaining in the first half the Falcons had rebuilt their advantage to 32-17 on Jordan Harazin's three-point basket.

Seattle Pacific (3-0) continued to pull away in the second half and took its biggest lead at 49-22 on Caitlyn Rohrbach's steal and layup with 13:44 remaining. The Lutes never got their deficit below 16 points for the rest of the contest.

Jordan Westering and Sarah Backstrom joined Kilcup in double figures, Westering finishing with 12 points and Backstrom adding 10. Backstrom also tallied five assists as PLU finished with 16 assists on 19 field goals.

Daesha Henderson scored 20 points and Harazin added 13 off the bench for the Falcons, who were led in rebounding by Megan Hoisington with nine.

Pacific Lutheran (1-2) returns to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, when it faces Division I Seattle University at Connolly Center.

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