Western Baptist Women Top Willamette, 64-59

SALEM, Ore. — Sophomore post Christie Boorman delivered a 3-pointer with less than four minutes to play, snapping a 56-56 tie, and Western Baptist College went on to defeat Willamette University in a non-conference women’s contest, 64-59, Tuesday at C.E. Jeffers Sports Center.

The Bearcats (1-2) shot 44% (24-55) from the floor and held a 42-34 rebound advantage, but were hampered by 30 turnovers.

Vanessa Wyfells led all scorers with 17 points on 7-9 shooting and converted a double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds. Jennifer Bell added 12 points for Willamette. Julia Short had seven points and eight rebounds, and Tracie Nygaard chipped in with six.

Neither team could mount more than a six-point lead in the opening period. Julia Short’s desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer pulled the Bearcats within one, 34-33, at intermission. Willamette shot 54 percent in the opening frame to the Warriors’ 39 percent, but the Bearcats committed 16 turnovers.

The Warriors (2-2) snapped a modest two-game losing streak getting 14 points from Tosha Wilson and 12 points from Jessi Schaumburg. WB shot 38 percent (28-73) from the field.

Junior Erin Plotts established careers highs with eight assists and six steals for Western Baptist. Boorman paced the Warriors on the backboards with nine rebounds.

Willamette returns to action next Tuesday, this time hosting the Warriors at 7 p.m. at the Cone Field House.