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December 16, 2010

Twice at Home, Twice on the Road During Holidays

COMING UP: Pacific Lutheran (3-3 overall) hosts Evergreen State, Saturday, 7 p.m.; PLU at Texas Lutheran, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m. (CST); PLU at Schreiner (Texas), Wednesday, Dec. 22, 5:30 p.m. (CST). 

PLU WOMEN AT HOME, AND ON THE ROAD: Women's basketball fans in the Tacoma area will be able to see Pacific Lutheran play a pair of home games during the holiday season. With finals now finished, the Lutes will turn their attention to non-conference home games against Evergreen State on December 18 (7 p.m.) and against Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Dec. 29 (6 p.m.). In between those games, the Lutes will make a trip to Texas where they will play games against Texas Lutheran on Dec. 21 and against Schreiner on Dec. 22.

LUTES BY THE NUMBERS: Through six games, no Pacific Lutheran player averages in double-figure scoring. Frosh post Samantha Potter and frosh guard Shelly Kilcup both average 9.7 points per game to lead the team. Potter averages 7.5 rebounds to pace the Lutes in that category. Kilcup is shooting an impressive 44 percent from three-point range (10-for-23).

ABOUT EVERGREEN: The Geoducks are 2-8 this season, though they enter Saturday's game on the heels of a Cascade Collegiate Conference win over Northwest Christian. They have played four Northwest Conference teams this year, losing to Lewis & Clark and Whitman at home and to Puget Sound on the road, while beating Pacific at home. (PLU also has a home win over Pacific to its credit this season.) Latrina Woods, a 5-8 senior guard, leads the Geoducks in scoring with 12 points per game, while Danielle Swain, a 6-1 frosh forward, contributes 11.3 points per contest. Latifa Ward, a 5-10 frosh forward, leads the team with 8.9 rebounds per game. The Geoducks defeated the Lutes last year, 48-45, at the Greenhouse in Olympia.

POINTING TO THE POINTERS: The Lutes will play their last non-conference game of the season on Wednesday, Dec. 29, when the tough Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers come to Olson Auditorium for a game against the Lutes. The Pointers, 7-2 this season, are currently ranked No. 9 in the d3hoops.com Top 25 national poll. This talented and experienced team is led by 5-11 senior post Britta Petersen, who averages 15.6 points while shooting 55 percent from the field. She is also the team's top rebounder with 6.3 boards per contest. Sam Barber, a 5-9 sophomore guard, averaged 10.7 points per game and hits 42 percent of her three-point shots while coming off the bench. Andrea Flease is an All-America point guard who averages 5.3 assists per game. UWSP shoots 47 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range.

LISTEN LIVE: Pacific Lutheran's home games during the holiday break will be available online at www.golutes.com/listenlive. Drew Griffin will call the action. Live stats of all PLU home games are available at www.golutes.com/livestats.

TEXAS TWO-STEP: The 2008-09 Lutes played twice in Texas during the Christmas break, splitting a pair of games in a tournament hosted by Southwestern University. After a loss to Concordia (Wis.), PLU knocked off the host school. This time around, the Lutes will be playing two different opponents on their home courts. They start in the city of Seguin against Texas Lutheran, 1-6 this season with a road game to play. Three years ago, PLU set a single-game defensive record for the program when it held TLU to 16 points in a 64-16 win at a tournament hosted by Concordia-Portland. That year, TLU was 0-25. Last year, Texas Lutheran compiled a 12-12 overall record. The second game on the trip is in Kerrville against Schreiner, which will enter the game with a 1-6 record. Julissa Garrett, a 5-6 frosh guard, averages 14.3 points per game for the Mountaineers.

RECENT ACTION: In its most recent game played all the way back on Monday, Dec. 6, PLU fell behind by nine points at the outset of the game in dropping a 77-44 non-conference decision to the host Saint Martin's Saints in Lacey. The Saints, who improved their season record to 6-2, took a 9-0 lead six minutes into the game before Shelly Kilcup hit a basket to put the Lutes on the board. PLU pulled within four points at 11-7 before the Saints scored 14 unanswered points to take an 18-point lead with 8:43 remaining in the half. Trailing 45-40 at the half, the Lutes never got closer than 23 points in the final 20 minutes of the game. Ayla Mull, making her first start of the season, led the Lutes with nine rebounds, and she tied Kilcup for team-high scoring honors with eight points. The Saints shot 54 percent from the field, including 48 percent (10-for-21) from three-point range, while the Lutes made just 31 percent of their shots, including 1-for-16 from beyond the arc.

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