Strong second hall fuels Luther road defeat of UST

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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 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.

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 74-72 with two Spaulding free throws with 17 seconds left but was unable to get any closer. Luther made 9-of-11 free thows in the final 4:15.