Contri scores 11 in 50-39 loss to NWC leader PLU

SALEM — Pacific Lutheran’s Courtney Johnson had game-highs of 18 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots Saturday as the visiting Lutes defeated Willamette 50-39 in a Northwest Conference women’s basketball game at Cone Field House.

The victory improved PLU’s records to 8-3 overall and 2-0 in the NWC, while the Bearcats fell to 6-4 and 0-1, respectively.

Johnson hit 7 of 10 shots from the floor. In addition to her blocked shots, Johnson’s 6-foot, 3-inch frame helped alter many more WU shots as the hosts converted just 21.9 percent of their field goals for the game. By comparison, PLU shot 45.2 percent. Willamette also connected on just 2 of 20 three-point tries.

The Lutes also got a strong effort off the bench from Kelly Turner, who scored 10 points in the defensive-minded game.

Willamette was led by senior guard Rosie Contri, who finished with 11 points and three assists. Simmie Muth added nine points and five rebounds.

The Bearcats are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Lewis & Clark for a 6 p.m. NWC game.