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November 21, 2011

Coming Off a Win, Lutes Prepare for East Coast Match-Up

THIS WEEK: The Lutes will host St. Joseph's College of Brooklyn in Parkland at 6 p.m. Friday. The Bears will be facing the Lutes after playing Capilano University in Canada. Pacific Lutheran will be entering the game with a 1-0 record after defeating UC Santa Cruz last weekend. After the Lutes, the Bears will head over to UPS before travelling back to New York. Next Tuesday, the Lutes will face Northwest University in Parkland at 6 p.m.

FIGHTING OFF THE BEARS: St. Joseph's College – Brooklyn Bears are 0-2 after playing in the New York University Tip-Off Tournament. The Bear's suffered a 100-65 loss against Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a 68-65 loss to Clarkson University. St. Joseph's is coming into the season with a very experienced team - five seniors, five juniors and two sophomores. Senior guard Ashley McQuillan led the team last year in points, averaging 14.5 per game. Junior forward Janine Doran averaged 8.9 points per game last year for the Bears. Head Coach Frank Carbone has been with St. Joseph's for 15 years and has led the team to a number of conference championships and national tournament appearances, including this past season.

FLYING WITH THE EAGLES: The Northwest University Eagles will be coming to Parkland with a 1-4 record, having fallen to Pacific Union 77-76, Simpson 70-68, Puget Sound 88-75 and George Fox 81-62. The Eagles pulled off their first win this season against Quest University (BC), with a final score of 87-68. Senior Jessalyn Jackson is a standout player for the Eagles with 862 career points, 572 rebounds and 195 blocks. Jackson was a 2010 Cascade Collegiate Conference honorable mention award winner and a 2-11 First Team All-CCC pick after averaging 11.96 points per game and 7.93 rebounds per contest. Head Coach Lori Napier is in her seventh year with the Eagles. She came to NU after coaching three years at Whitworth College.

PLU 62, UC SANTA CRUZ 53: Pacific Lutheran was on fire when it stepped on the court to face UC Santa Cruz in a non-conference women's basketball game in Olson Auditorium. The Lutes came out on top, 62-53, in their season opener. The star of the night for the Lutes was junior guard Shelly Kilcup. In the first six minutes she snagged four rebounds, and she found her shot a minute later with a three-pointer for the Lutes. Kilcup would not stop there, finishing with a double-double by scoring 20 points and adding 11 rebounds. She also contributed five steals and three assists. Not far behind Kilcup was sophomore post Samantha Potter, who finished with 17 points and nine rebounds. PLU also finished the game with 20 assists on its 26 baskets, led by Sara Backstrom with eight assists and Andi Adams with four. The Banana Slugs struggled in the first half to find their shots, shooting only 33 percent both from the field and three-point range. They stayed in the game because of the bench play, getting 18 of their 27 first-half points from the reserves. After leading 33-27 at the half, the Lutes surged to an 18-point lead, 46-28, in the opening six minutes of the final period. But UC Santa Cruz refused to give in, eventually whittling its deficit to five points at 58-53 with 2:52 remaining. Pacific Lutheran's Chrissy Swope hit a pair of free throws with 1:13 left to put the Lutes back on top, 60-53, and the Banana Slugs missed two shots and also turned the ball over on their final three possessions. Both teams had 41 rebounds in the contest. The Lutes held strong and were able to counter the visitors with a total of 13 steals in the game, many of which they turned into easy layups. The Lutes won the game from the field, making 42 percent of their shots to just 27 percent for the visitors. In addition, UCSC was just 5-for-22, or 23 percent, from three-point range.

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