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Hyatt Place Tournament - Recap

From site: Basketball (women)

Date:November 8, 2019 - November 9, 2019
Results:12:00 pm
Location:Rock Island, Ill.

Friday, Nov. 8 - Luther faced No. 6 Hope College in the semifinals of the Hyatt Place Tournament hosted by Augustana-Rock Island. The Dutch defeated the Norse 78-48.

After holding a 39-26 advantage at halftime, Hope outscored Luther 39-22 in the final two quarters. The Dutch took advantage of Norse mistakes scoring 22 points off turnovers and also outscored the Norse 50-26 in the paint.

Madison Spence was the lone Norse to tally double digits with 14. Sarah Holtz was next with eight and Laura Hamilton added six. 

Four players produced double digits for Hope, led by Sydney Muller with 17.

Box Score

Saturday, Nov. 9 - Consolation Game vs. Augustana-Rock Island

Luther lost a hard-fought battle to host Augustana-Rock Island in the consolation game of the Hyatt Place Tournament by a final of 59-58.

This game had 13 ties and eight lead changes, with the final tie taking place with 3:03 left in the game (56-56). A three-point play by the Vikings Maddie Murillo, her only points of the game, with 2:28 left proved to be the difference. Madilyn Heinke drained two free throws to pull the Norse to within one (59-58) at the 1:32 mark. Luther had an opportunity to win the game but the three-point attempt at the buzzer fell short.

Both teams shot 33 percent for the game. Augustana made five more three-point baskets then Luther and also won the battle of the boards 46-42.

The trio of Sarah Holtz, Madi Spence and Heinke led the Norse attack. Holtz and Spence finished with 14 points while Heinke added 10. Spence recorded a double-double pulling down a game high 10 rebounds. 

Box Sore

Luther fell to 0-2 and Augustana improved to 1-1.

One week from today Luther will return to action. The Norse will travel to St. Peter, Minn., and will face Gustavus Adolphus College. Tip-off is slated for 3:00 p.m.

Contact: David Blanchard, 563-387-1586