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Luther is wrapping up its non-conference schedule at the Hyatt December Classic in Santa Cruz, California. The Norse opened its two-game trip dropping a 79-69 decision to host UC Santa Cruz played at the Kaiser Permanente Arena.
The Banana Slugs won the battle of the boards (59-47) and were solid at the free throw line (81.5%) that proved to be the difference in the game.
The trio of Sarah Holtz, Laura Hamilton and Anna Edel paced the Norse offensive attack. Holtz had 15 points, Hamilton tallied 15 and Edel was credited with 10. Coranda Vickerman came off the bench and chipped in eight.
The Norse shot 36.6% but struggled again from behind the three-point line connecting on 4-of-20 attempts.
Four players reached double digits for the Banana Slugs. Kayle Murphy led all scorers with 19 points. Next was Ashley Kowack with 18, CJ Catina with 17 and Savannah Henson with 11.
The loss gives Luther an overall record of 2-6. UC Santa Cruz improved to 5-4.
Luther will face Pacific University (OR) tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. (PST).
Questions? Contact David Blanchard, post_to_results, 563-387-1586