Whitworth Women Knock off PLU - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Whitworth Women Knock off PLU

by Whitworth Univ. Athletics

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Whitworth women's basketball team forced 22 Pacific Lutheran University turnovers as the Pirates defeated the Lutes, 72-53, in Northwest Conference play in Whitworth Fieldhouse on Saturday.

Whitworth improves to 6-1 overall, 1-0 in NWC action, while PLU falls to 0-4 on the season and 0-2 in NWC play.

"Defense made the difference in this game," said Whitworth head coach Helen Higgs.

After falling behind 11-4, Whitworth went on a 10-0 run to take the lead in the first half. Sophomore Katara Belton-Sharp started the run with a pair of free throws and freshman KC McConnell gave Whitworth its first lead of the night on a made layup. Once the Pirates took the lead, they maintained it for the rest of the night. McConnell made another layup with 17 seconds remaining in the half to put the Bucs up 42-29 heading into the break.

"It was another balanced offensive attack, which makes us difficult to guard," Higgs said.

Whitworth continued to push after the half, and senior Emily Guthrie made a three-pointer that gave the Pirates their biggest lead of the night (17) with 18:37 remaining in the game. The Lutes weren't done though, as PLU went on a 19-4 run to cut Whitworth's lead to two points with just under 12 minutes left to play. Whitworth seemed to have gone cold, as the Pirates scored just five points over an eight minute span. The Bucs responded defensively, forcing 12 turnovers in the second half and never letting the Lutes tie or take the lead. Redshirt junior Emily Travis sealed the victory by sinking a pair of free throws in the last minute of play to give Whitworth a 19 point win.

"We were able to overcome a dry spell in the middle of the second half by holding PLU to just 5 points in the last 11 minutes." Higgs said.

Junior Jamie Lyons led the Pirates with 12 points. Junior Kendra Lahue added ten points for the Bucs while Emily Travis and KC McConnell each chipped in nine points for Whitworth. Emily Guthrie led the Bucs in rebounding, grabbing eight boards, while senior Lauren Picha pulled down six rebounds. Picha also finished the night with six assists and four steals.

Samantha Potter led the Lutes with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Megan Abdo chipped in nine points for PLU, while Chrissy Swope pulled down nine rebounds.

Next up, Whitworth hosts Puget Sound on Saturday, December 8 at 6:00 pm in Whitworth Fieldhouse and travels to La Grande, Ore. to face Eastern Oregon at 6:00 pm on Sunday, December 9.

  • College

    • Gonzaga Runs Away Early in 9-0 Win Over Santa Clara

      SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga baseball posted nine runs in the first two innings and Alek Jacob struck out 12 on the way to a 9-0 shutout win over Santa Clara on Saturday night. The win moved Gonzaga to 29-21 overall and 16-10 in the West Coast Conference, and kept them within one game of Pepperdine for the league lead. The Waves beat Portland 6-2 to hold on to the top spot. On Sunday, a Gonzaga win and Pepperdine loss would clinch the No. 1 seed...

    • WSU Athletics

      Cougars comeback falls short; WSU loses to No. 3 Stanford 9-6

      WSU Athletics STANFORD, Calif. – Washington State brought the tying run on deck after scoring six runs in the ninth inning but No. 3 Stanford held on for a 9-6 victory at Sunken Diamond Saturday afternoon.   WSU (15-30-1, 7-18-1 Pac-12) received two-hit games from Andres Alvarez, Dillon Plew and Brody Barnum. Blake Clanton had a three-run triple as part of a six-run ninth inning for the Cougars who saw the game's final out made after Barnum singled to right field to drive ...
    • Gonzaga baseball clinches WCC Tournament berth with 5-3 win over Santa Clara

      Gonzaga baseball took care of business with a solid start from Daniel Bies and four home runs in a 5-3 win over Santa Clara Friday night that clinched a berth in next week’s four-team WCC Tournament. 

    • Photo: Twitter/@WSUCougFB

      Washington State adds three to 2018 signing class

      McDougle (5-11, 295), played the 2017 season at West Virginia where he earned Freshman All-America honors from ESPN.com.

    • Photo: Gonzaga Athletics

      Zags rally for 13-Inning win at WSU

      Gonzaga baseball erased a 2-0 deficit and collected a 13-inning win to take the season series over Washington State on Tuesday night in Pullman, Wash.

    • Photo: Idaho Athletics

      Victor Sanders selected to participate in Draft Combine

      Sanders led the team at 19 points per game as the Vandals finished second in the Big Sky standings last year.  He picked up second team All-Big Sky honors, as well as second team NABC All-District 6 recognition.

    More
HD DOPPLER 6i
/