Biermeier Scores Career-High 16 in Tough Road Loss

Feb 13, 2016

DECORAH, Iowa – On a night when the starters scored just 25 points and shot a combined 7 of 23, reserve Allie Biermeier posted a career-best 16 points in an 86-63 defeat to Luther on Saturday afternoon.

Biermeier finished 5 of 9 from the field and knocked down all four attempts from three-point land and both free throws as the Spartans (8-15, 3-9 Iowa Conference) remained in Iowa Conference tournament contention despite the loss. UD trails Coe, who fell to Simpson on Saturday, by one game with two games remaining.

Three days after shooting a season-best 58 percent in win over Coe, UD fell cold again after finishing 33.9 percent from the floor. The Norse (18-5, 10-2 Iowa Conference), who clinched at least a share of the Iowa Conference regular season title with the victory, shot just 40.8 percent overall, but canned 12 of 26 threes (46.2%).

UD’s Emily Brinker, the conference’s leading scorer, was held scoreless for the first time in Iowa Conference play after going 0-for-3 in just 13 minutes of play.

Luther raced out to a 28-12 lead after the first quarter that included 12 second-chance points, and held a double-digit lead for the remaining 30 minutes. Their lead grew to 27 points with under five minutes remaining.

Starter and senior Jessie Kirkwood scored a majority of the starters points with a career-high 13-point performance on 3-for-5 shooting, including a pair of threes. All 16 Spartans received at least two minutes of playing time with all but one attempting a shot.

The Spartans were swept by the Norse for the first time since 2008-09 and dropped to 23-50 in the all-time series.

UD will regroup as they face Wartburg on the road this Wednesday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m. Wartburg (17-6, 7-5 Iowa Conference) defeated Central, 70-53, on Saturday afternoon.