Woody's Hoop Seals Bearcat Win Over Western Baptist 68-66

SALEM: Freshman Kari Woody hit a driving lay-up with 2.4 seconds left to lift the Willamette University Bearcats to their first win of the season, 68-66, over Western Baptist College.

Woody (pictured left)scored 14 of her team-high 19 points in a wild second half that saw 12 lead changes and six ties. Simmie Muth added 17 points for the Bearcats, including nine in the first half when the Bearcats opened up a 39-32 lead.

Western Baptist stormed back to open the second half with seven straight points to tie the game. After a flurry of ties and lead changes, Woody hit a pair of three point shots to give the Bearcats a 59-56 lead at the seven minute mark.

Western Baptist’s Lindsey Brownwell (17 points, four assists) put the warriors back on top with a steal and lay-up at the 1:40 mark.

Willamette’s Abbie Unick hit two key free throws to put the Bearcats ahead 66-65 seven seconds later. Jessica Gama tied the game when she hit one of two free throws with 14.6 seconds left.

Then Woody took a pass from Deanna Lund (nine points, 14 rebounds, three assists) and drove through the lane for the game-winning shot.

Toran Lundgren led the Warriors with 20 points on 10-13 shooting and ten rebounds. Anna McLuen had nine points for the Bearcats on 4-5 shooting.

For the game, both teams had 26 turnovers.

The Bearcats shot 39.5% while the Warriors could only manage 34% shooting.

Kari Woody

Kari Woody