Contri scores Bearcats' final seven in 60-59 win over Pacific

SALEM — Senior guard Rosie Contri scored Willamette’s final seven points of the game as the Bearcats held off Pacific, 60-59, in a Northwest Conference women’s basketball game at Cone Field House.

The Bearcats (7-8 overall, 1-5 NWC) led the entire second half, except for a 53-53 tie with 4:10 remaining in the game. Pacific fell to 5-9 overall and 2-5 in the conference.

After the 53-all tie, Contri stole the ball in back court and raced the length of the court to put her team ahead for good at 55-53 with 2:54 left. She later hit a three-pointer with 1:38 remaining to make the score 58-53.

Pacific got back within a point at 58-57 after Lauryn Jones converted on a three-point-play at the 1:21 mark and made a free throw with 59 seconds left.

Contri knocked down two free throws with 40 seconds left to give the Bearcats a 60-57 cushion.

Pacific’s Tori Nelson canned a shot from the perimeter with 29 seconds left, but her foot was on the three-point arc and she was awarded just two points, making it 60-59.

Contri then missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity with 24 seconds remaining, giving the Boxers one last hope. However, Nelson missed a 17-footer near the free throw line and although Pacific got the ball out of bounds with 1.2 seconds left, they could not get off a shot.

Simmie Muth led the Bearcats with game-highs of 14 points and six steals. Contri added 13 points, four assists and four steals, while Deanna Lund finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Pacific got 12 points from Kristi Bryant and 11 points and eight boards from Nelson.

Willamette out-shot Pacific 38.3 percent to 32.4 percent, but the Boxers won the rebounding war, 49-42.