Written by Student Assistant Jake Bilyeu
FOREST GROVE, Ore. – The Pacific Lutheran University women's basketball squad wrapped up its 2017-2018 regular season with a 78-59 setback at the hands of Northwest Conference rival Pacific University on Friday. A strong fourth quarter from the Boxers prevented a Lute comeback and secured victory for the hosts.
"The effort was definitely there tonight, however Pacific got us into a track meet forcing us to play uptempo, which is the style they excel at," head coach Jennifer Childress said. "They shot very well in the second half, and we struggled getting stops when we had to."
PLU (5-19, 1-14 NWC) enjoyed a 15-14 lead after one quarter of play but the host Boxers (5-18, 4-11 NWC) battled back, enjoying a 33-28 halftime advantage. The two squads played a nearly even third period before Pacific pulled away in the fourth, outscoring the Lutes, 31-19.
Madison Green-Hayward led with 12 points in her final game as a Lute. Emma Janousek followed her up with nine points of her own, hitting half of her eight shots while also grabbing five assists and four rebounds.
Anna Hurd and Madison Salisbury added eight points each for the Lutes. Salisbury seized six boards, while Hurd grabbed three and also earned three steals. Hailey Marsh and Mackenzie Cooper also added six points, with Marsh grabbing three rebounds and Cooper dishing out two assists.
"I'm proud of our young crew and that we never gave up throughout the season," Childress said. "We've learned a lot of lessons that we will carry into the offseason training and onto the court next year."
The Lutes will bring back nearly a full roster of returners next season, and they're sure to continue improving and climbing up the NWC rankings in the near future.