Second-year Pacific Lutheran women’s coach Jennifer Childress is trying to coach-up a very young roster. But it can be tough when the ball just isn’t going through the basket.
The Lutes had a rough half shooting the basketball in a 58-43 loss to Lewis & Clark on Friday night at Names Family Court.
PLU shot just 12 percent from the floor in the first half against the Pioneers. They made only 3 of 25 from the field and were fortunate to go into intermission trailing by just 11 points, 26-15.
“The lid was on the basket tonight,” said Childress. “It’s hard to come down the court time after time and keep missing shots.”
The shooting improved in the second half, when the Lutes shot 39 percent. PLU made its first three shots and went on a 7-2 run to narrow the gap to 28-22.
“We started picking up some full-court pressure and the girls made a few steals,” said Childress. “It was good to see that scrap.”
Lewis & Clark (7-13, 4-7 Northwest) responded with seven consecutive points — all scored by freshman Miyah Leith.
PLU (4-16, 1-10) was led by junior Jori Hall, who scored 12 points and had eight rebounds. Bellarmine Prep grad Madison Green-Hayward added seven points.
The Lutes do not have a senior on the roster, and seven of the 12 players who appeared in Friday’s game are underclassmen.
“We keep preaching — improve,” said Childress. “That’s what we’ve got to aim for. We know our conference is a very difficult conference.”
PLU led for much of the second half before the Pioneers took a late lead. Austen Wilson’s layup for the Lutes with 1 minute, 39 seconds to go tied it at 47 and sent the game into overtime.
PLU was led by Lester’s 14 points, and Kevin McCrossin added 12 by nailing four 3-pointers.
Pacific erased an 11-point deficit by going on a 16-2 run midway through the second half to grab a 46-43 at the 10:11 mark.
But Sheldon went on her own personal 9-0 run in a 21/2-minute stretch, capped by a 3-pointer, to put the Loggers in control, 56-48.
Pacific had a chance to ice the game with two seconds to go, but freshman Michael Garcia missed both free throws, giving UPS a last chance.
Meyer heaved the ball at the basket, just missing.