December 29, 2011
Lutes To Start The New Year Off Against The Warriors
NEXT WEEK: The Pacific Lutheran University women's basketball team will host the Corban University Warriors at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, in Olson Auditorium. In their last game played Tuesday night, the Lutes were unable to stop Warner Pacific, which led by as many as 27 points in the second half on the way to beating the Lutes, 77-61. After suffering that loss, the Lutes will begin next Tuesday's game with a 4-6 record for the season.
ABOUT THE WARRIORS: Corban currently has an 8-4 overall record entering Friday night's Cascade Collegiate Conference home game against Northwest Christian. The Warriors are led by senior forward Katie Steigleman, who earlier this season broke the Corban women's basketball scoring record with her 1,766th career point. She is averaging 21.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Warriors. Tara VanWeerdhuizen averages 11.2 rebounds per game to lead Corban in that category.
SERIES HISTORY: The Lutes and the Warriors have faced-off 15 times since the 1992-93 season, with Pacific Lutheran winning 11 of those games. The Lutes won five straight against the Warriors from 1999-2002, facing off twice in the 1999-2000 season. The last time the teams met came in PLU's 2009-10 season opener and ended with a 69-61 home victory for the Lutes.
WARNER PACIFIC 77, PLU 61: Shelly Kilcup
scored 21 points and Samantha Potter
recorded her fourth double-double of the season, but it wasn't enough as Warner Pacific dumped Pacific Lutheran, 77-61.With the loss, PLU watched its overall record drop to 4-6, while victorious Warner Pacific improves its record to 8-6. Kilcup, one of the nation's top three-point shooters a year ago, has struggled recently shooting the ball from three-point land. The sophomore guard found her range tonight, however, shooting 5-for-11 from beyond the arc on the way to her game-high 21 points. Potter, a sophomore post, recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Despite falling behind early, the Lutes rallied to within three points at 18-15 when Kilcup hit a pair of threes and Andi Adams
added another. Adams, a frosh guard, finished the game with a career-high eight points. Warner Pacific led by as many as 27 points in the second half at 61-34 before settling for the 16-point victory. The Lutes improved from shooting 29 percent the first half, to 36 percent in the second. PLU was most accurate from long range, shooting 43 percent (6-for-14) for the game. Chelsey Christensen was the star for the Knights scoring 15 points to lead four WPC players in double figures.