Bearcats Hang On To Defeat PLU in Game Suspended Over Two Weeks Ago

TACOMA, WA - The Willamette University women’s basketball team traveled three hours to Tacoma and back yesterday, but came home a winner as the Bearcats managed to hang on to a 51-48 victory over one of the top teams in the Northwest Conference.

Eighteen days ago, the game was suspended with the Bearcats (7-15 overall, 5-9 NWC) up five points when a power transformer went out at PLU.

The game resumed as it ended back on Feb. 4th, with the score 47-42 Willamette, and 4:32 remaining.

Willamette had the ball. Vanessa Wyfells got the Bearcats going first with two free throws, to put the visitors up 49-42 with 3:30 remaining.

Kezia Long brought the Lutes within three at 49-46 with back-to-back buckets. Kelly Turner's two free throws put PLU down one at 49-48 with 1:26 remaining. The Lutes had a chance to tie the game with 5 seconds left, but a missed shot by Emily Voorhies, resulted in two free throws for Wyfells clinching the victory for Willamette.

The game, which originally started Feb. 4, started out with a 10-2 run by PLU, capped off by an Aundi Kustura 3-pointer. PLU led by as many as 14 in the first half before Willamette chipped away before halftime. The Bearcats went on a 14-7 run during the last seven minutes of the first half to trail 34-27 at halftime.

Willamette continued its hot shooting in the second half, outscoring the Lutes 12-3 during a span of six minutes, and 20-8 before the power outage.

The Bearcats took their first lead of the night at 39-37, with a steal and layup by Ashley Mollet.

The Lutes managed just two field goals in the second half. PLU shot just 16.7% in the second half, compared to 56% for Willamette.

Vanessa Wyffels paced Willamette with 16 points and 17 rebounds. Julia Short added 10 points while Jennifer ell and Laura Payne each had seven.