From the tip, the Luther Norse came out firing, scoring 25 of their overall 78 points in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, the Loras women’s basketball team sputtered at times during the opening frame and fell behind, 25-16, after one quarter of play in the Duhawks’ first Iowa Conference home game.
In the second quarter, Luther used a 9-0 scoring run to jump to a 15-point lead, 41-26.
However, led by first-year Marissa Schroeder and sophomore Macenzie Kraemer, the Duhawks responded with a 14-3 run of their own.
The first half ended with the Duhawks down by five, 43-38.
The Loras offense was not as efficient as it would like to be in the first half, shooting slightly above 40 percent.
And those shooting woes again dogged the Duhawks in the second half, as they were able to tally just five points in the third quarter. Luther outscored Loras, 12-4, in the paint the third quarter and also took advantage of seven Loras turnovers.
In the entire second half, the Duhawks were outscored 35-15, and Loras shot less than 20 percent from the field. Even with an 8-0 run for the Duhawks at the end of the game, Luther won convincingly, 78-53.
Not all was lost for the Duhawks as first-year forward Schroeder continued to make a name for herself as a force for the Duhawks. In her first start, Schroeder had her best scoring game of her young career.
“(I was ) super-excited and nervous at the same time,” Schroeder said.
Schroeder led the Duhawks with 17 points and seven rebounds during her 27 minutes of play. For the season, she is the team’s second-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder.
Senior Addie Oberman added 11 points and three rebounds for Loras.
Schroeder hopes to help the Duhawks to a better shooting percentage.
“The team will continue to build off of this game and continue to improve and work hard,” Schroeder said.
Loras now is 3-3 on the young season, including an 0-2 start in the Iowa Conference.
Things will not get any easier for the Duhawks as they prepared to take on the nationally ranked Wartburg Knights in Waverly, IA, on Wednesday (The Lorian goes to press on Tuesday nights).