Whitworth Women Cruise Over Banana Slugs - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Whitworth Women Cruise Over Banana Slugs

Lexie Zappone played 36 hard fought minutes to help the Pirates defeat UC- Santa Cruz. Lexie Zappone played 36 hard fought minutes to help the Pirates defeat UC- Santa Cruz.

by Whitworth University Sports Information

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The Whitworth University women’s basketball team came out victorious in its first road game of the season with a 68-61 win over UC Santa Cruz in the Hampton Inn Classic II in West Field House on Friday evening. Whitworth improved to 2-1 on the season, while UC Santa Cruz fell to 3-1 overall.

“We were happy to get our first road win for the year,” Whitworth head coach Helen Higgs said. “We did a great job on the boards and our defensive effort made up for our turnovers.”

Senior Jamie Lyons gave Whitworth a 2-0 lead after a layup in the first thirty seconds of play. Sophomore KC McConnell and senior Kayla Johnson gave Whitworth a 6-2 advantage with layups of their own, but a full court press from the Banana Slugs forced 12 Pirate turnovers in the first half and kept UC Santa Cruz close to Whitworth. After trailing 34-28, junior Jessica Kramer hit a jumper on Whitworth’s final possession of the half to send the Pirates to the locker room trailing 34-30.

Lyons opened the second half with another quick layup and McConnell sank a pair of free throws to tie the game 34-34. Sophomore Lexie Zappone used two jump shots and a layup to put Whitworth in front 44-40. A three-pointer from junior Katara Belton-Sharp with 12:03 left in the game put the Pirates in front 48-42 and sparked a 7-0 run that put just enough distance between the teams that UC Santa Cruz could not overcome. Junior Kendra Knutsen gave Whitworth its largest lead, 57-45 with a three at the 7:37 mark. Kramer sealed the Whitworth victory with a layup, allowing Whitworth to hand UC Santa Cruz its first loss of the season.

Whitworth held a 40-28 advantage on the glass, with 11 offensive rebounds leading to 13 second chance points.

Kayla Johnson led the Pirates with 16 points and seven rebounds. Jessica Kramer added 12 points and pulled down six rebounds, while KC McConnell chipped in 10 points and dished out three assists. Lexie Zappone had three steals to lead the Pirates.

Ryane Ortiz led the Banana Slugs with 14 points, while Leah Parrish grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Sarah Mackey added 10 points for UC Santa Cruz, and Trina Torres had four steals in the game.

Whitworth will take on Redlands at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow at the Hampton Inn Classic II in Santa Cruz.

  • College SportsCollegeMore>>

  • EWU's Adams and Miller Named Big Sky Players of the Week

    EWU's Adams and Miller Named Big Sky Players of the Week

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:48:44 GMT
    Eastern Washington University senior punter Jake Miller and junior quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. have been selected by the Big Sky Conference as its first ROOT SPORTS football Players of the Week for the 2014 season.>>
    Eastern Washington University senior punter Jake Miller and junior quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. have been selected by the Big Sky Conference as its first ROOT SPORTS football Players of the Week for the 2014 season.
    >>
  • Press Pass Pullman Returns To SWX On Monday

    Press Pass Pullman Returns To SWX On Monday

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:16 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:16:30 GMT
    Press Pass Pullman returns to SWX on Monday night at 10 PM for its third season.>>
    Press Pass Pullman returns to SWX on Monday night at 10 PM for its third season.>>
  • Adams, Eagles Soar Past Montana-Western, 41-9

    Adams, Eagles Soar Past Montana-Western, 41-9

    CHENEY, Wash. -- Eastern Washington University became one of the first teams in college football to start the 2014 season 2-0 thanks to a 41-9 win over the University of Montana-Western at Roos Field on Saturday, Aug. 30.>>
    CHENEY, Wash. -- Eastern Washington University became one of the first teams in college football to start the 2014 season 2-0 thanks to a 41-9 win over the University of Montana-Western at Roos Field on Saturday, Aug. 30.>>
  • WhitworthWhitworthMore>>

  • Whitworth Head Coach Rod Sandberg In Studio

    Whitworth Head Coach Rod Sandberg In Studio

    Whitworth football head coach Rod Sandberg joined SWX's John Collett in the Fasteners Sports Studio to talk about the upcoming 2014 season at the Pine Bowl on Friday, Aug. 15. Sandberg is entering into his first season as the Pirates head coach after spending 11 years as the defensive coordinator at Wheaton College (Div. III) in Illinois and spent a total of 19 seasons with the Thunder as the linebackers coach before running the defense and also was the recruiting coordinato...>>
    Whitworth football head coach Rod Sandberg joined SWX's John Collett in the Fasteners Sports Studio to talk about the upcoming 2014 season at the Pine Bowl on Friday, Aug. 15. Sandberg is entering into his first season as the Pirates head coach after spending 11 years as the defensive coordinator at Wheaton College (Div. III) in Illinois and spent a total of 19 seasons with the Thunder as the linebackers coach before running the defense and also was the recruiting coordinato...>>
  • Local College Football Fall Practice Schedules

    Local College Football Fall Practice Schedules

    All four of the local college football teams will kick off their Fall practices this week with the 2014 season fast approaching. Compiled below is a list of practice schedules for Eastern Washington University, University of Idaho, Washington State University and Whitworth University.>>
    All four of the local college football teams will kick off their Fall practices this week with the 2014 season fast approaching. Compiled below is a list of practice schedules for Eastern Washington University, University of Idaho, Washington State University and Whitworth University.
    >>
  • Local Basketball Teams Praised By NABC For Excellence

    Local Basketball Teams Praised By NABC For Excellence

    A trio of local University basketball teams have been named among the best academically by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) on Wednesday, July 23.>>
    A trio of local University basketball teams have been named among the best academically by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) on Wednesday, July 23.
    >>