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Lutes Pull Away from Geoducks in Final Minutes

Story courtesy of PLU sports information


December 13, 2008

Parkland, WA - Emily Voorhies scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half to carry the host Pacific Lutheran Lutes (5-2) to a 62-58 non-conference women's basketball victory over the visiting Evergreen State Geoducks (5-4) on Saturday night at Olson Auditorium.

Voorhies, a 6-1 senior post from Auburn, scored eight points in the first six minutes of the second half as Pacific Lutheran parlayed a 12-2 run to forge a 39-36 lead after they had trailed by seven points at the intermission. Nikki Scott, a 5-7 senior point guard from Gig Harbor, added the other four points during the run as the Lutes gained a lead they would not lose.

Both teams held seven-point leads in the first half. Jordan Westering's three-point basket from the left wing put the Lutes on top, 15-8, with 10:14 left in the period. The Geoducks, behind five points and two assists from Alex Saab, closed the period with a 12-2 run to take a 34-27 lead at the intermission.

The second half belonged to Voorhies, Scott and the Lutes. Voorhies finished the game making 7-of-10 from the field, grabbing four rebounds and blocking two shots.

cott, who earlier this year tied a PLU single-game record by making all 10 of her free throws, made 9-of-10 of her charity tosses and scored 11 of her 17 points in the final half.

PLU led 55-45 with six minutes to play when the Geoducks made one final surge, scoring nine unanswered points over the next four minutes to close their deficit to 55-54.

Voorhies made a layin and Scott made three free throws to stem the tide.

Keisha McDonald scored 14 points to lead Evergreen, who also got 12 points and four assists from Saab and 11 points from Jeanette Owens.

Friday, December 19th, the Geoducks resume conference play with a home gave vs. Southern Oregon University at 5:30 PM.

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