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Pios Pacify Lutes, 63-52

Pios Pacify Lutes, 63-52

Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond

TACOMA, Wash. – Lacey Nicholson tallied a double-double but the Pacific Lutheran University women's basketball team were topped 62-52 by Northwest Conference rival Lewis & Clark College on Saturday evening inside Olson Gymnasium.

The Lutes (1-18, 0-10 NWC) hung tough in the first half after Kaelyn Voss hit a step-through three to bring the team to within six at halftime break, 26-20. The Pioneers (14-5, 7-3 NWC) went on a 15-6 run in the final 5:39 of the third quarter to earn separation. The Lutes fought back into it, outscoring the Pioneers by eight in the final quarter but were unable to complete the comeback.

"I liked the fourth quarter," PLU head coach Jennifer Childress said. "We battled. We got some kids in off the bench who played hard, so that was fun." 

Nicholson finished a fantastic weekend for the Lutes with a double-double of 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Marleisha Cox was effective for the Lutes, scoring 10 points, going five-for-seven from the field off the bench.

"Lacey was a rebound monster tonight," Childress said. "Kinda had some difficulties going up against taller, more athletic girls. She willed it and made some good points for us."

Voss was also efficient on offense, scoring 10 points on four-of-six shooting, including a pair of threes. She had two rebounds and dished out eight assists. 

"Especially in the fourth quarter, Voss just found a different gear," Childress said. "That's the point guard we need to show up every night. She dished the ball, she was able to hit some spots. I'd like to see that spark from her every single night. She played wonderful."

Kristin Sturdivan and Samantha Kelleigh were hitting from deep. Sturdivan finished with six points. Kelleigh had eight points, making two shots from long range. As a team, the Lutes went seven-for-20 from behind the the three point line (35 percent). 

PLU embarks on its final road swing next weekend, facing Willamette University on Friday night in Salem, Oregon. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m.