Written by Student Assistant Jake Bilyeu
TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University women's basketball team wrapped up its opening weekend of Northwest Conference play on Saturday inside Olson Gymnasium, dropping a 76-54 decision to Whitworth University. Two Lutes ended the night in double figures, including Madison Salisbury who tallied her second straight double-double.
The homestanding Lutes (1-4, 0-2 NWC) led by as many as four points in the opening quarter, owning a 17-16 advantage after 10 minutes of play. Whitworth (4-2, 1-1 NWC) gained separation in the second quarter, building a 39-27 halftime advantage. PLu whittled the gap down to six points on two occasions in the third period but was unable to come any closer as the Pirates held on for the win.
Kylie Rademacher provided a big boost off the bench in the first half, hitting a pair of shots and making three trips to the free throw line. Rademacher ultimately finishing with seven points while grabbing seven rebounds. Anna Hurd shot a perfect three-for-three in the half and grabbed five offensive boards for the game while finishing with 10 points as well as five steals.
Madison Salisbury finished the game with 12 points, three steals, and three blocks to lead the Lutes' scoring charge. Emma Janousek also got herself going late in the game and finished with seven points, four steals, and three assists.
The Lutes lost the turnover battle (28-25) but was able to capitalize on miscues better than Whitworth, owning a 29-24 edge in points off turnovers.
Up next, the Lutes return to non-conference play, remaining at home on Friday and hosting Northwest University at 7 p.m.