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Freshman Seals Win With Two Free Throws

SPOKANE, Wash. - Freshman Katie Delaney sank two free throws with 11.9 seconds to play to help Whitworth University secure a 75-72 Northwest Conference women's basketball victory over visiting Whitman College on Tuesday night in the Whitworth Fieldhouse.

The Pirates ended a three game losing streak and improved to 7-9 overall and 3-4 in the NWC. The Missionaries fell to 6-10, 1-6.

Whitworth trailed until Leah Pomonate hit a driving lay up with 35 seconds left. Whitman attempted a three pointer on the other end and Delaney was fouled while securing the rebound. She calmly sank both free throws and the Missionaries' final desperation three-point attempt was no good.

Both teams began the game on fire as Whitman hit 8 of its first 10 shots and Whitworth went 8-12, leading to an 18-18 tie at 12:51 of the first half. The Missionaries used a 7-0 run, including four points by Rebecca Sexton, to take a 27-22 lead. But the Pirates were able to pull within 38-37 on a three pointer by Pomante just before halftime.

Jessica Brice scored inside to give Whitman a 53-45 lead with 13:35 to play, the Missionaries' largest lead of the game. Whitworth came back and eventually took its first lead of the half when Natalie Orrell's basket made the score 62-21 with 7:40 to play. The teams traded leads the rest of the way until Pomante's basket in the final minute.

Cassie Pilkinton led the Pirates with a game-high 21 points and also tied for game high honors in assists with six. Pomante finished with 13 points and Orrell had 11. Delaney scored seven points and led the Pirates with six rebounds.

Hilary White led the visitors with 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Sexton added 12 points, while Kelly Peterson finished with 10 points and six assists.

Both teams will continue the season against Linfield College this weekend. Whitworth will host the Wildcats on Friday, while Whitman hosts Linfield on Saturday.

Steve Flegel
Sports Information Director
Whitworth University

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