Written by Student Assistant Jake Bilyeu
TACOMA, Wash. – A night of cold shooting ultimately derailed the Pacific Lutheran University women's basketball team on Tuesday night, falling 71-36 to crosstown rival University of Puget Sound inside Olson Gymnasium in the final home game of the 2017-2018 season.
"We showed up with too much hope and not enough determination," head coach Jennifer Childress said. "UPS showed up to outplay us and win the game, and that's what happened tonight."
Madison Salisbury led the Lutes with nine points, hitting all three of her field goals, while grabbing four rebounds on a night that saw 10 total Lutes score buckets. Anna Hurd led the Lutes (5-19, 1-14 Northwest Conference) with seven rebounds, grabbing three on the offensive end.
The Lutes were ultimately plagued by their inability to hit shots, shooting 22.2 percent (14-for-63) from the floor while the visiting Loggers (12-12, 7-8 NWC) managed to hit 38.3 percent of their attempts (23-for-60), including eight of their 22 three-point tries (36.4 percent).
"We need the confidence to square-up and hit our shots," Childress said. "They collapsed on our posts really well, and you need to be able to lighten the pressure on them by hitting shots from the outside."
Still, the Lutes never quit fighting. As Childress looked for her reserves for extra energy, they delivered.
"Our freshmen connect really well on the court," Childress said. "It was fun to watch them play hard, knowing where everyone would be and not playing intimidated."
The Lutes now head south to Pacific University for their final game of the season on Friday, looking to sweep the season series with the Boxers. PLU bested the Boxers 66-62 in overtime back ib Jan. 20.