|Date:||January 6, 2018|
Luther remained in a three-way tie for second place in the Iowa Conference standings with Simpson (4-1) and Buena Vista University (3-1) after rolling to a 90-72 road victory over Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Luther blistered the nets connecting on 54.3 percent of their attempts and 89 percent from the charity stripe. The Norse were 25-of-46 from the field and 32-36 from the free throw line. Luther also won the battle of the boards 40-27. Luther's 32 free throws was a new single game school record breaking the old mark of 31 set during the 1975-76 campaing against Central Missouri State.
Claire Marburger had a career night and was one of four Norse to tally double figures. Marburger posted a double-double pouring in 36 points and grabbing 15 rebounds, both career highs. Marburger was 8-of-16 from the field and a perfect 20-of-20 from the free throw line. Thirteen of her rebounds came on the defensive end of the floor. Her 20 free throws was also a new single game school record. The old mark of 18 free throws in a single game was shared by Joni Ross vs. Simpson in 1989 and Sam Jewell vs. Simpson in 2011.
Madison Spence missed just one shot (8-of-9) en route to 17 points. Grayson Schroeder led the attack from deep, connecting on 4-of-9 chances from behind the arch, en route to a career high 14 points. Laura Hamilton completed the list with 12 points. She also dished out a team best four assists.
The win gives Luther an Iowa Conference record of 4-1, 10-6 overall. Nebraska Wesleyan fell to 0-4 in league play, 9-4 overall.
The Norse will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 10 when they will travel to nationally ranked No. 2 Wartburg College (4-0, 13-0). Tip-off is slated for 6:00 p.m.
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