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December 6, 2011

Lutes Prepare to Face Saint Martin's

THIS WEEK: The Pacific Lutheran University women's basketball team will square off with Saint Martin's University on Thursday night in Parkland. The Lutes head into this non-conference match up with a 3-2 record on the season and a 1-1 mark in Northwest Conference play. Last weekend, the Lutes opened conference play on the road with a victory over Willamette University and a loss to Linfield College. Tipoff on Thursday is set for 6 p.m.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LIVE LINKS:
Video: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/plu-basketball
Audio: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/plu.portal#
Live stats: http://www.golutes.com/information/livestats

A LOOK AT THE SAINTS: The Saints enter Thursday night's match up against the Lutes with a 5-5 overall record. SMU is coming off a 57-50 victory over Central Washington University during the opening weekend of conference play. Sophomore forward Chelsea Haskey leads the Saints in scoring with 14.2 points per game. Haskey also leads the squad in rebounds per game (8.6).
 
LINFIELD 66, PLU 61: Pacific Lutheran couldn't hold off a second half Linfield comeback as the Wildcats grabbed a 66-61 Northwest Conference women's basketball win over the Lutes. The loss gave the the Lutes a 1-1 record in the conference and 3-2 overall, while Linfield improved to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the NWC. Pacific Lutheran opened the game with six consecutive points and built a lead as big as 12 points in the opening half. The Lutes got baskets from Mackenzie Bieker,Katelyn Smith and Samantha Potter on their first three possessions to take a 6-0 lead. Potter had six points and Bieker contributed five as the Lutes surged ahead 16-4 just 4 1/2 minutes into the game. After Linfield rallied to within a point at 20-19 halfway through the period, the visitors again built a double-digit advantage at 35-24 when Chrissy Swope hit a pair of charity toesses with 1:52 on the clock. The Wildcats opened the second half with a 10-2 run, and when Brynna Fuller hit two free throws, they gained a 40-39 advantage. The game remained close the rest of the way with the teams trading the lead several times. Linfield closed the game with an 8-1 run, scoring on each of its final four possessions while the Lutes turned the ball over once and missed four shots. Potter had a big game for PLU with 24 points and seven rebounds, and Shelly Kilcup contributed nine points, five rebounds and three assists. PLU shot 36 percent from the field (22-for-61). Gretchen Owens paced Linfield and all players with 28 points, including a perfect 12-for-12 from the charity stripeThe 'Cats shot 41 percent from the field (23-for-56) for the game.
 
PLU 60, WILLAMETTE 54:  Katelyn Smith tallied 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Pacific Lutheran to a 60-54 victory over the Willamette Bearcats in the Northwest Conference women's basketball opener for both team on Friday night in Cone Fieldhouse. The first collegiate double-double for the sophomore post from Yelm helped the Lutes improve their overall record to 3-1 while handing Willamette its fifth straight loss to open the campaign. Pacific Lutheran led through most of a very tight first half, but Willamette came on late in the period to take a 33-32 lead on Sophie Wilson's three-point basket with about 90 seconds left in the half. The Lutes went back on top on their next possession on Shelly Kilcup's trey, followed by an Austin Schorno jumper with 44 seconds left on the clock, to take a 37-33 lead into the intermission. PLU never trailed in the final 20 minutes, and a little over five minutes into the second half had opened up a 52-38 advantage. Smith scored six points, Samantha Potter had five and Mackenzie Bieker tallied four during the run. The Lutes maintained their double-digit lead until the final couple of minutes, but had a big enough advantage to hold off a late flurry by Willamette. Smith finished the game shooting 8-for-17 from the floor and had five offensive boards among her dozen total. Potter came one rebound short of her third straight double-double as she finished the game with 12 points and nine rebounds. She was saddled with foul trouble and played only 21 minutes before fouling out. Shelly Kilcup also fouled out for the Lutes but scored 11 points before her night was through. The Lutes shot 42 percent from the field (26-for-62) but ended up taking 13 less free throws than the Bearcats. Willamette, which got 12 points from MacKenzie Lamson, shot just 33 percent from the field (19-for-57). PLU had a 41-35 advantage in rebounds in a sloppy game that saw the two teams combine for 45 turnovers.
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