PLU Beats Bearcats Despite 17 Points From Jennifer Bell

SALEM, OR — Pacific Lutheran University used a 13-0 run to end the first half as the defeated the Willamette University women’s basketball team, 70-55, in a Northwest Conference game Saturday night at the Cone Field House.

The Bearcats led early as Jennifer Bell (pictured left) hit a 3-pointer to open the game. No more than four points separated the two teams in the first half. Willamette pulled within 23-22 on Caitlin Andrus’ 3-pointer, but the Lutes reeled off 13 straight to lead 36-22 as Nikki Johnson started and ended the run with jumpers.

Bell pulled the Bearcats to within 12 to open the second half, but the Lutes gradually pulled away and went up 53-32 on two straight layups by Melissa Richardson.

Willamette shot 35% for the game while the Lutes connected on 41% of their shots. PLU, led by nine boards from Mallory Mann, held a 48-35 edge off the glass.

Willamette was led by Bell’s 17 points and eight rebounds. Laura Payne added 11 points, five boards and four assists. Andrus had eight points and Sara Brooks had four assists to go along with four points.

PLU is now 5-1, 2-0 in the NWC. Willamette falls to 1-4, 0-2 NWC. The Bearcats host Concordia College in a non-conference game next Tuesday at the Cone Field House.

Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell