Hot-shooting Norse surge past W. Hoops

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

Sophomore Laura Hamilton scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half and added nine boards and six assists to lead Luther to a 77-72 road win over No. 11-ranked St. Thomas Saturday afternoon in non-conference women's basketball play at Schoenecker Arena.

The Norse (6-5) ended UST's 18-game home win streak as they outscored the host team 45-34 over the final two quarters, had all five starters score in double figures, and had only nine turnovers on the game.

In the last two quarters, Luther used 56-percent shooting from the floor and a 12-0 advantage in 3-point scoring.

Junior center Hannah Spaulding scored a career-high 29 points for the Tommies (7-2), who also had a six-game season win streak snapped. Maddie Wolkow scored 13, Lucia Renikoff scored 12, and freshman Kaia Porter chipped in nine points off the bench.

Hamilton completed a three-point play with 2:45 to go to cap a 15-5 Norse run for a 73-65 lead. The Toms pulled within three and later within two in the final minute but was unable to get any closer.

Luther made 9-of-11 free thows in the final 4:15.

St. Thomas is off for 13 days until playing Dec. 29-30 in Wisconsin Dells against UW-La Crosse and Lake Forest.