Written by Student Assistant Jake Bilyeu
NEWBERG, Ore. – The Pacific Lutheran University women's basketball team wrapped up its second weekend of Northwest Conference play on Saturday evening, suffering a 73-59 setback to host George Fox University. A largely even game was blown open in the second quarter with a big run by the Bruins, who traded baskets with the Lutes for most of the second half.
Madison Salisbury again led the Lutes (4-9, 0-4 NWC) on the offensive end of the floor, hitting half of her 16 shots, pouring on a game-high 20 points. She also grabbed eight rebounds in the game, bringing her averages to 13.3 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game.
Kristin Sturdivan and Kylie Rademacher also provided solid performances. Sturdivan converted four-of-eight shots from the field to finish with 10 points while securing six boards. Rademacher connected on three of her four shots while also sinking three-of-four free throws to finish with nine points.
The Lutes struggled with the turnover battle against the hard-pressing Bruins on Saturday, as they grabbed eight steals to the Bruins (11-2, 4-0 NWC) 15. As the team continues to gain conference experience, they'll hope to shift those turnovers in favor of their notoriously scrappy defense.
To do that, though, they'll need to put in a week of hard work and preparation as they prepare to host Willamette University and Lewis & Clark College next Friday and Saturday.