Samantha Potter scored 16 points and added 13 rebounds as Pacific Lutheran rolled past visiting St. Joseph's College-Brooklyn, 77-45, in a non-conference women's basketball game played Friday night in Olson Auditorium.
With the victory, PLU improves its season record to 2-0. St. Joseph's is now 0-4 this season.
Potter grabbed 11 of her boards on the offensive end of the floor to lead PLU to a huge 62-38 rebounding advantage against the shorter Lady Bears. She also shot 7-for-11 from the field, most of them under the basket, as the Lutes took advantage of their inside dominance.
The Lutes raced out to a 17-2 lead in the opening minutes before seeing the Lady Bears rally late in the first half to cut their deficit to 32-20 at the intermission. Potter had six points and four rebounds in only nine minutes of action at that point, and the Lutes turned to the sophomore post in the final half. She went inside for eight of her nine second half rebounds and also added 10 points as the hosts pulled away.
Shelly Kilcup had 10 points and eight rebounds and Katelyn Smith added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Lutes, who finished the game with 19 assists on their 30 baskets. Austin Schorno had eight rebounds and a team-high five assists off the bench for the Lutes. None of the Lutes played more than 24 minutes, and all played at least nine minutes.
Janine Doran had 13 points to lead the Lady Bears, who aldo got a team-best five rebounds from Ashja Hopkins. St. Joseph's shot just 24 percent on 14-for-57 accuracy from the field, including 1-for-17 from three-point range.
PLU returns to action at 6 p.m. next Tuesday, Nov. 29, when it hosts Northwest University in Olson Auditorium.
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