Warrior defense and rebounding stops Bearcats, 60-36 Western Baptist holds Willamette to 23 percent from the field

SALEM — Western Baptist used its superior size to nab 27 offensive rebounds while compiling a 60-32 advantage on the glass en route to a women’s non-conference victory over Willamette University at C.E. Jeffers Sports Center on Tuesday, 60-36.

The Warriors (2-3) never trailed in the contest and snapped a three-game losing streak, avenging a two-point defeat suffered to the Bearcats (2-4) just a week ago. Senior post Toran Lundgren produced her second double-double against Willamette finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Jessi Schaumburg delivered 11 points, nine rebounds and four steals, while Lindsy Brownell dished four assists in the win.

Senior guard Sarah O’Brien was the lone Bearcat to reach double digits with 12 points. Kari Woody grabbed eight rebounds and Simmie Muth had four assists to pace the visitors.

Willamette had difficulty all night penetrating the Western Baptist defense and connected at just 23 percent (13-56) from the floor. The Bearcats missed all 12 of their attempts from 3-point range.

Western Baptist overcame 27 turnovers and a sub-par 32 percent (24-75) shooting night with its command of the backboards. The Warrior defense also forced 26 Bearcat turnovers and led by double figures the entire second half.
The Warriors used 18 offensive rebounds in the first period and had 19 more field goal attempts in the frame to forge a 31-20 advantage at the half.

The Bearcats missed nine of their first 11 from the floor as the hosts raced to an early 12-4 edge.

Willamette will host Concordia University in its next encounter on Friday at 7 p.m.