Wyffels and Bell Lead Bearcats Past Pacific, 66-48

SALEM, OR — Vanessa Wyffels had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Jennifer Bell scored 14 point and added four assists, as the Willamette University women’s basketball team easily handled the Pacific University Boxers in a Northwest Conference game Tuesday night.

Wyffels (pictured left) scored 13 points in the first half on 6-7 shooting. The Bearcats took a 33-24 lead into halftime on a late jumper by Julia Short. Laura Payne scored seven of her nine points in the first half as the Bearcats slowly pulled away.

The second half was much the same as the Bearcats gradually built the lead to 21, leading 60-39 with just under five minutes to play after Payne hit a pair of free throws.

Wyffels, the nation’s leader in field goal percentage, hit 7-9 shots to go along with her game-high 14 rebounds and six steals.

Rebecca Wells and Sara Clawson both scored six points for the Bearcats.

For Pacific, DeeDee Arnall led the way with 22 points and six rebounds. No other Boxers scored in double figures.

For the game, the Bearcats shot 40.6% while the Boxers hit only 28% of their shots. The Bearcats had ten more rebounds, 44-34.

Vanessa Wyffels

Vanessa Wyffels