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.”
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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.”
At PLU men 55, Lewis & Clark 51 (OT): Dylan Foreman made the go-ahead layup in overtime, Brandon Lester hit two key free throws down the stretch to provide a cushion and the Lutes (6-14, 4-7 NWC) upset the Pioneers (11-9, 6-5).
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.
No. 22 UPS women 71, at Pacific (Ore.) 57: Emily Sheldon scored a career-high 33 points — 23 coming in the second half — and the Loggers (17-3, 8-3 NWC) beat the Boxers (8-12, 4-7) in Forest Grove, Oregon.
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.
At Pacific (Ore.) 71, UPS 69 men: Kohl Meyer was terrific for UPS with a career-high 25 points, but his near-prayer shot from 60 feet for the victory bounced off the rim, and the Boxers (11-9, 6-5 NWC) beat the Loggers (10-9, 5-6).
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.