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December 8, 2011

Lutes Unable to Stop Hot-Shooting Saint Martin's

Saint Martin's shots 53 percent from the field, including 47 percent from three-point range, to defeat Pacific Lutheran, 77-48, in a non-conference women's basketball game played Thursday night in Olson Auditorium.

The visiting Saint, 5-5 for the season, showed plenty of patience on offense, piling up 17 assists on their 25 made field goals. They finished the game shooting 25-for-47 from the field and 9-for-19 from beyond the three-point arc. With no player taking more than nine shots and 10 of the 12 who saw action scoring points, the NCAA Division II Saints wore down the Lutes.

Chelsea Haskey led three players in double figures with 18 points and she also paced all players with nine rebounds. Megan Teade and Emily Lashua both contributed 12 points for the winners. Lashua, the daughter of PLU Hall of Fame men's basketball player Dave Lashua, came off the bench to shoot 5-for-6 from the field.

Shelly Kilcup had a monster game for the Lutes with 23 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in 33 minutes of action. She was the only PLU player to score in double figures.

Kilcup did a lot of her work in the early going, helping the Lutes rally back from an early 8-2 deficit. The Saints took that lead on consecutive three-point shots by Jordyn Richardson and Teade. Kilcup responded by scoring the next 11 PLU points on a trio of three-point shots and a layup, and seven minutes into the game the score was tied at 13-13.

The Saints replied with treys from Jori Skorpik and Brooke Paulson, but Kilcup made it 15 consecutive points for the Lutes with another three and a free throw. That pulled the Lutes to within two points at 19-17, but it was as close as the game would be the rest of the way.

Saint Martin's led 41-30 at the half, and after scoring the first six points of the second period it never led by less than 13 points the rest of the way. After shooting 50 percent (12-for-24) in the first half, the Lutes shot just 22 percent (5-for-23) in the final 20 minutes.

PLU, 3-3 this season, plays its next four games in December away from Olson Auditorium, staring with a Saturday night contest against Concordia in Portland, Ore.

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