Contri scores 23 in loss at Pacific

FOREST GROVE - Mary Lindburg finished with a career high 27 points, and Tori Nelson scored 19 points to lead Pacific past Willamette, 78-62, in Northwest Conference women's basketball action Tuesday night at the Pacific Athletic Center.

Lindburg, who has developed into an outside force in the last month, hit 11of 14 from inside to go along with four rebounds, four blocks, two assists and a steal. Nelson hit six three-pointers as the Boxers hit 47.4 percent from three-point range and a season best 52 percent from the field. Willamette also shot well from outside, hitting 46.2 percent from the arc and 37 percent for the game.

Rosie Contri led the Bearcats in the loss with 23 points. Abbie Unick finished with 10. Willamette also won the war on the glass, outrebounding the Boxers 33-32.

After trading the lead over the first 10 minutes, the Boxers built their first lead of the game with a 10-3 run, ending on a lay-in by DeeDee Arnall that made it 24-16. Contri and Simmie Muth kept the Bearcats in the race, scoring down the stretch to keep Willamette within six at the break, 32-26.

Lindburg, however, took charge in the second, scoring at the 15:58 mark to give Pacific the 36-26 lead. Contri, however, kept her persistence, and her three-pointer with 9:55 left put the Bearcats down one, 44-43. After that point, the Boxers went to Lindburg's strong post play and Nelson's
three-point shooting to take their biggest of lead of 17, 67-50, with four
minutes left to close the door.

The Bearcats will play at George Fox Friday, then close their season Saturday at home against Puget Sound.