Women's Basketball Falls To Pacific 62-57

FOREST GROVE — Willamette’s seven point run with 3:44 left on the clock was not enough to defeat Pacific University in its 62-57 victory Wednesday night over the Bearcats. The Boxers won their first Northwest Conference game of the season, improving their record to 5-6 overall, 1-2 NWC. The Bearcats dropped to 5-9 overall, 2-4 NWC.

Amy Peterson led the Boxers with 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting as the Bearcats were out-shot 35 percent to 53 percent. Junior Dee Dee Arnall of Pacific registered a double- double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.

For the Bearcats, Vanessa Wyffels scored a game-high 22 points and a team high of eight rebounds.

Pacific led by 12 points, 58-46, with 5:54 remaining before Willamette went on a 9-2 run. Wyffels’ free throw at 2:30 helped the team to within three, but the Bearcats couldn’t get any closer, missing three shots in the last stretch. Boxer Megan Hildebrand hit two free throws, for a five-point game ending spread.

Willamette led by as much as five early in the first half before freshman Kaela Zarkovich, hit a jumper to give Pacific a 14-13 lead with 8:56 left. Wyffels gave Willamette an 18-17 lead with a three-pointer at the 6:01 mark, but a pair of Arnall free throws started an 11-0 run capped off by a Pederson three-pointer with 2:49 left for a 30-18 Boxer advantage.

Pacific took a 35-23 lead to end the half and continued to come out strong in the second half with Kami Shigematsu’s three giving the Boxers a 42-27 lead with 16:05 on the clock.

The Bearcats return to action next Friday, January 28th, at home against Whitworth in the Cone Field House.