Willamette hangs on to defeat Western Baptist, 62-58

SALEM — Willamette opened the second half with a 15-4 surge to build a 17-point lead, then held off a Western Baptist rally to preserve a 62-58 non-conference victory.

Deanna Lund had 18 points and Rosie Contri added 11 points and nine rebounds as the Bearcats (4-1) got by, despite making just one field goal in the final six minutes.

Trailing 51-34 with 13 minutes to play, the Warriors (2-4) began to chip away at the visitor's lead. Lindsy Hinkle's steal and lay-in trimmed the margin to 59-56 with 2:15 remaining. However, Contri tallied Willamette's lone field goal in the closing 6:30, hitting a 10-foot jumper with the shot clock winding down to give the Bearcats a five-point edge with 50 seconds left. A Warrior field goal again cut the lead to three, but Western Baptist was forced to foul and Simmie Muth made one-of-two free throws to seal the deal.

Hinkle scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half to lead Western Baptist. Toran Lundgren finished with 13 points and Tati Gallardo delivered 10 in the loss.

Both teams shot the ball well early, but cooled as the game progressed. Willamette connected on 43 percent and Western Baptist ended at 38 percent.

The Bearcats won the rebound battle, 42-36, and collected 18 offensive caroms.

The teams struggled from the foul line, but Western Baptist stayed in the game by getting to the line 17 times and making nine. Willamette was 1-for-6 from the stripe.

The Warriors came out on fire from long range connecting on their first five 3-pointers. Hinkle had four treys in the period, and her third gave Western a 23-15 advantage midway through the first half. The Bearcats responded
with a 19-4 run to take their largest lead, 34-27, before going to the locker room on top, 36-30.

Making just two of its final 13 efforts from beyond the 3-point arc, Western finished 7-of-18. Willamette was just 3-for-18 on 3-point attempts.