Balanced Attack Leads Bearcats to Second Straight Win

PORTLAND, OR — Ten different Bearcats scored — led by Vanessa Wyffels’ 27 points — as the Willamette University women’s basketball team won its second straight game with a 70-64 win over non-conference foe
Warner Pacific Tuesday night.

Wyffels hit 8 of 14 shots and 11 of 14 free throws, and Kari Woody added ten points, as the Bearcats came back from a two-point halftime deficit to raise their season record to 3-6 as they head into Northwest Conference play next week.

Jennifer Bell added seven points, and Laura Payne and Brianne King each had five, as the Bearcats used a balanced attack in which nine players all played over ten minutes in the game.

Wyffels added a team-high 17 rebounds and three assists as the Bearcats out-rebounded Warner Pacific 50-32. Woody added nine boards in her 23 minutes of play.

The Bearcats also enjoyed a solid edge at the free-throw line. Willamette hit 20 of 30 free throws in the game, while Warner Pacific was 11 of 16.

Both teams shot under 40% for the game as the Bearcats overcame a 2 of 14 performance from beyond the three-point arc. Warner Pacific shot 39.7% while the Bearcats hit 38.7% of their shots.

The Bearcats take their two-game win streak into conference play as they host Pacific Lutheran University on January 7 and University of Puget Sounds on January 8. Both games begin at 6 p.m. at the Cone Field House.