Second Half Surge Propels Linfield Over Willamette 65-48

SALEM, OR — The Linfield Wildcats used a 16-1 run at the start of the second half to break open a close game as they defeated the Willamette University women’s basketball team 65-48 in a Northwest Conference game Saturday night at the Cone Field House.

Bayley Coblenz came off the bench to score 14 points and grab ten boards to pace the Wildcats. Jessica Hannato
and Kate Stadeli each had ten points for Linfield (10-5, 4-2 NWC).

Laura Payne’s 13 points paced the Bearcats. Jennifer Bell added eight points and Maggie Wilkens finished with six points.

The Bearcats fell behind early in the first half and trailed 25-11 at the 8:53 mark. But the Bearcats chipped away and when Bell hit a pair of 3-pointers near the two-minute mark, the Bearcats trailed only 28-27. Tracie Nygaard’s free throw made it 30-29 at half time.

But the Bearcats went cold in the second half and didn’t score until another Nygaard free throw with 11:17 to play. Meanwhile, the Wildcats were pounding the ball inside to Coblenz and Stadeli to put the game away.

Willamette shot 29% from the field to 41% for Linfield. Rebounds were even at 40-40, but the Bearcats had 34 turnovers.

Willamette falls to 5-9 overall, 0-6 NWC.