Schwing Leads Wildcats To 75-69 Win Over Bearcats

SALEM — Monica Schwing scored 20 points, leading four Wildcats in double figures as Linfield College (10-14, 7-8 NWC) defeated the Willamette University women’s basketball team 75-69 Friday night in the season finale for the Bearcats.

Four Bearcats scored in double figures, led by Deanna Lund’s 22 points, as Willamette came back from an 11-point second half deficit to pull within one on a Brianne King 3-point shot with under a minute to play.

But Lindsay Sticka (12 points, six rebounds) converted a three-point play to put the Wildcats up by four. Two offensive fouls against the Bearcats in the final 40 seconds cost Willamette a chance to twice tie the game.

Brandi Loring scored 16 points and Heidi Jergens added 11 for Linfield as the Wildcats shots 49% from the field for the game.

Senior Simmie Muth scored 16 points and Sarah O’Brien added 11 for the Bearcats. Willamette (4-21, 0-16 NWC) shot 39% for the game.

The Bearcats, behind 15 points from Lund and eight from Muth, took a 36-33 halftime lead. But the Wildcats went on a 15-4 run to open the second half and Willamette had to play catch up the rest of the way.

Down by 11, the Bearcats used three-point shots from King, Muth, Lund and O’Brien as they took a one-point lead twice in the final minutes of the game. Loring and Jergens responded with hoops just before the shot clock expired on two straight possessions, and Sticka’s three-point play spelled the difference.