Written by Student Assistant Jake Bilyeu
TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University women's basketball team was able to keep pace with sixth-ranked University of Puget Sound early on but the Northwest Conference rival Loggers hot shooting and height advantage proved to be the defining factor in what was ultimately a 91-60 setback on Tuesday inside Olson Gymnasium.
The Lutes (1-23, 0-15 NWC) opened the game shooting a red-hot 61.5 percent (eight-for-13)from the floor in the opening quarter. However, the Loggers (21-1, 15-0 NWC) consistently used height to their liking, grabbing 23 offensive rebounds over the course of the game, and using them to score 15 second chance points.
Despite being overwhelmed on the boards, the Lutes offense managed to keep them within striking distance. The Lutes won the turnover battle, forcing 16 while giving up 15. However, the Loggers took advantage more often, scoring 26 points off of their takeaways while the Lutes only managed 11.
The Lute offense pressed on, though, as Lacey Nicholson led the way with 18 points, making nine of her 14 shots from the floor. Marleisha Cox and Julia Berenson each added eight points off the bench, while Mackenzie Cooper led the way with four assists. PLU received 31 of its 60 points from the bench with nine Lutes scoring buckets on the night.
Despite their strong performance on the offensive end, the Lutes could not match the hot shooting of the Loggers, who made 10 of their 19 three-point attempts.
The Lutes will play their final home game of the season on Friday night, when they host Linfield College at 6 p.m. The team will also be honoring Lacey Nicholson, Samantha Kelleigh, and Kaelyn Voss for Senior Night.