Whitman Beats Bearcats in NWC Contest

WALLA WALLA, WA - One night after beating Lewis & Clark by a 74-48 margin, the Whitman women's basketball team rolled past Willamette by the exact same margin Saturday night in Sherwood Center.

Senior forward Lizzy Washburn, shrugging off a nagging elbow injury, scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Whitman evened its record at 6-6 overall and 2-2 in the Northwest Conference. Willamette fell to 5-7 on the season and 0-4 in conference.

The Bearcats took their only lead of the game when Jennifer Bell hit a three-pointer for a 9-8 Willamette lead at the 14:57 mark of the first half.

Whitman's Katie Patneaude countered with a jumper and the Missionaries raced away to a 34-15 halftime lead. Willamette drew no closer than 18 points in the second half.

Patneaude, a junior guard, made seven of nine shots from the floor to finish with 14 points and six rebounds. First-year forward Emily Shubin added nine points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Laura Payne, a sophomore guard, paced Willamette with 11 points and four assists. Brittany Farrer, a first-year post player, had nine points and seven boards for the Bearcats.

Whitman collected 19 offensive rebounds and out-boarded Willamette 43-29 overall. The Missionaries also forced the Bearcats into 19 turnovers.

Whitman heads to Tacoma, Wash., next weekend to play at Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound. Willamette plays at Pacific next Friday and then hosts Linfield on Saturday.