Andrus 3-Pointer Leads Bearcats to OT Win Over Cascade; Willamette Evens Season Record at 5-5

SALEM, OR — Caitlin Andrus started the overtime period with a 3-pointer, and the Bearcats hit 8-10 free throws in the extra period as the Willamette University women’s basketball team defeated Cascade College 72-64 Tuesday night at the Cone Field House.

Cascade forced the extra period when Kristin Woller rebounded a missed shot and hit the putback to tie the game at 59-59. Andrus (pictured left) hit her third 3-pointer of the game on the Bearcats first possession of overtime before a pair of free throws by Jennifer Bell made it 64-59 with 2:45 to play.

After a Laura Payne free throw put the Bearcats up six, Cascade got a long three by Woller to cut the margin in half. Sara Brooks and Brittany Farrer both hit two free throws to push the lead to seven with 24 seconds left.

For the game, Payne led the Bearcats with 18 points. Andrus finished with nine points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Farrer added 15 points and seven rebounds. Brooks collected 14 points to go along with five assists.

Cascade was led by Woller’s 16 points and eight rebounds. Jenny Pippa scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds and has four assists for Cascade (1-14). The Bearcats are now 5-5 on the season.

Cascade jumped to an early 10-point lead when Amanda Sivey’s jumper put the Thunderbirds up 17-7 six minutes into the game. The Bearcats gradually chipped away at the lead before Brooks’ 3-pointer at the first half buzzer gave the Bearcats a 36-35 halftime edge.

Cascade came back to take a six-point lead at 51-45 with 5:37 to play before the Bearcats rallied again. Payne and Brooks both hit 3-pointers, sandwiched around a Jubilee Cristel lay-up to cut the lead the two.

Payne put Willamette ahead 59-57 with a 3-pointer with 45 seconds to play, setting the stage for Woller’s rebound basket forcing overtime.

For the game, the Bearcats shot 31% to 38% for Cascade. Willamette won the battle of the boards 53-48.

Caitlin Andrus

Caitlin Andrus