|Date:||November 8, 2019 - November 9, 2019|
|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.
Four players produced double digits for Hope, led by Sydney Muller with 17.
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.
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.
Sponsor: Basketball (women)
Contact: David Blanchard, 563-387-1586