“Our game against the University of Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse in 1988 stands out in my mind. For one night PLU played on the biggest stage of college basketball.” Jeff Neumeister ’89 “There are so many things that come to mind when I think about PLU basketball. First and foremost, it was fun.” Dave Lawson ’81 chance we got to play. The camaraderie between teammates was great, we all had the same love and passion for basketball. That passion and love for the game led me to coach girls’ basketball.” Kay Lundquist ’65
1970 “We [the basketball team] started as competitive acquaintances and soon became friends in reliance, cohesively working toward a focused goal. The respect, friendship, and experiences have remained for my lifetime. The process endured longer than a remembered score in a final game.” Allan Kollar ’70
1990 “PLU basketball had a tremendous impact on my life. I firmly believe my experiences at PLU led me to coach. I had this deep desire to help provide those same awesome experiences I enjoyed as an athlete to the youth of today. Those four years at PLU were some of the best in my lifetime and I wouldn't trade them for anything.” Cheryl (Kragness ’93) Brost
2000 “*My greatest memory was having the opportunity to host the national tournament my senior year (2006). There was nothing more exciting than playing in the Sweet 16 in front of all our home fans in a packed gym. I considered my team a second family. You go through so much together throughout a season, everything from overtime wins to heart-breaking losses, that it builds a tight-knit bond between everyone. It's awesome to be part of something so special.” Kelly Turner ’06 S Thank you to all the past and present basketball players who contributed to this article. Due to limited space we were not able to include all your memories here, but plan to use them in various Homecoming materials as we approach the PLU basketball affinity events. A special thank you to PLU Archives and Special Collections for collecting these images, memories from over one hundred years of PLU basketball.
“We had great times and challenging times that helped us, as a group and as individuals, grow stronger.” Brandon Fix ’96
“As a kid, I remember the basketball games in a sold-out Memorial Gym. Games with a wild crowd and standingroom only, that was my first introduction to PLU basketball. That experience, as a junior-high kid, sold me on where I wanted to go to college.” Gary Wusterbarth ’77 “We had a small but dedicated program. We washed our own uniforms and purchased our own shoes. Still, we practiced and played hard and were usually victorious against much larger schools.” Linda Zurfluh ’73
1980 “Focus on the process. Mary Ann Kluge, a fabulous coach and tremendous role model, taught us that it’s not about focusing on the score. When you focus on practicing hard, focus on the fundamentals, and play smart, the scoreboard will reflect that.” Melanie (Bakala ’89) Donaldson ALUMNI NEWS & EVENTS > PLU SCENE FALL 2008 25