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We Are All LUTES


Our basketball program is in the process of rebuilding itself to its former position of national prominence at the NCAA Division III level. Through discipline, a commitment to outwork our opponents, and an unselfish appreciation for team, PLU players and coaches believe in pushing towards success on the court, in the classroom, and in our community.
We are L.U.T.E.S. - Loyal, Unselfish, Tough, and always give our best Effort.



By competing in one of the nation’s strongest conferences our players have demonstrated an eagerness to fight their way to the top of the Northwest Conference. By embracing the theme “Hard Work Is OUR Habit”, the culture of our program is definitely beginning to change. The student-athletes who have committed to playing this year understand we have raised the level of expectations and believe that hard work accompanied with mental toughness is the only way we will reach our goals.



As an NCAA Division III basketball program, we are governed by rules that do not allow coaches to work on player development outside of our 19 week season. Each individual student-athlete must pursue skill development on their own or with their teammates in the off-season. Our goal is to raise enough funds to purchase a new high repetition shot training machine called the Dr. Dish Pro Smart. With this hi-tech equipment our players will be able to get shots up when no one is available to rebound, train alone or with a teammate, and use the pre-programmed workouts to challenge their effort levels and sharpen their techniques. The machine also provides instant feedback on shooting precision and tracks their improvement.

The budget breakdown for our goal of $6500.00 is:
  • $5400: Dr. Dish Pro Smart Shooting Trainer
  • $600: Shipping and Handling Fee
  • $500: 8 NCAA Wilson Competition Basketballs


Once a LUTE, Always a LUTE

While the Dr. Dish Pro Smart might only be one piece of equipment, the opportunity our team has to use it will teach us valuable lessons that extend beyond the court. Through the use of the Dr. Dish Pro Smart we will have to opportunity to put more “sweat in the bucket” than we possibly could just during practice time. We believe effort is controllable and young women must learn to push through mental barriers with confidence and enjoy the sense of accomplishment once their goals are attained. The lessons we will learn about self-motivation, hard work, commitment, and striving for a common goal will help us continue to be L.U.T.E.s even after we graduate from PLU.

Thank You!

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our program’s vision and how we are using sweat equity to reestablish PLU Women’s Basketball as a top NCAA Division III program.
We invite you to follow our progress this upcoming season on:

Outside Looking In

  Published on Monday, Sep. 28, 2015 at 11:40 PM (PST)


I am heading into my second season with PLU Women’s Basketball and it has been an exciting experience thus far. Over the past six months I have been given countless comments about how our program is one to admire. Staff members, students and community members have recognized our attitudes and efforts to restore our program to the level that is appropriate at PLU and I feel proud to be a part of something that other people respect and appreciate.

In the off-season we have put in numerous hours of work in order to better ourselves for this upcoming season. Our team is in the weight room over six hours a week working on strength, as well as speed and agility. At PLU we are fortunate to have a strength and conditioning coach who is able to help us with form and technique in the weight room. Chris Rice has been able to see the shift in the program, specifically in our effort. In the off-season, my teammates and I are in the weight room three days a week, pushing our bodies to be physically stronger. Our strength is an immense factor that can help us in the regular season to finish games on top. Coach Rice often mentions how this is the first summer he has seen Women’s Basketball players consistently in the weight room, “It has been my pleasure to witness every single athlete that committed herself to a summer of hard work, enter the fall semester as strong as she has ever been." Coach Rice is confident in our efforts, “The work these young women put in this summer WILL have a dramatic, positive effect on the rest of the team and this season”. 

Along with weight training and conditioning, we also enjoy playing open gym three nights a week. During open gyms we are able to push each other but also have fun and play free. Open gym is a time where we can come together as a team and focus on specific aspects of the game such as pushing the ball up the floor in order to get more fast break opportunities. It is also a time for players to put individual skills they have been working on into a game scenario. Our open gyms generally include ten or more players. Not all of the players are part of our PLU team because we enjoy mixing up the competition each week. Jessi Westering is a player that joins our open gyms often. Although she is not a part of the PLU WBB program, Jessi rarely passes up an opportunity to play with the team.  She has been able to be a part of the competitive attitude that each of us brings to the floor, but also the energetic and motivating spirit brought to every open gym. Jessi describes our team to be like a family, “Everyone pushes one another and no one backs down from a challenge. Then once it’s all done it’s back to the fun and goofy family they have built themselves into,” Jessi said.  

While our team continues to push itself in the offseason there is one more tool we could use to help improve our games even more. The shooting machine we currently have barely functions in a way that allows us to develop our skills and work ethic. If we are able to purchase this new shooting machine all of our players will be able to have another tool at their disposal that will help them not only hone their skills, but also develop a work ethic that will help us all both on and off the court.  

-Lacey Nicholson


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