Bearcats Fall to Linfield in NWC Contest

Linfield led from first possession to last, defeating Willamette 64-42 in Northwest Conference women’s basketball
Saturday night at Linfield’s Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

Linfield improved to 6-8 in the NWC, remaining in sixth place of nine teams, and 12-11 overall. Willamette fell to 0-14 and 5-17.

Laura Payne led Willamette with 11 points while Sara Brooks and Brittany Farrer each scored 8. Kari Woody and Tracie Nygaard each had five boards to lead the Bearcats.

Ashley Covey led Linfield scoring with 10 points and made four steals, leaving her two short of the Linfield season record of 81 set by Colby Cummings in 1995-96. Covey leads the conference with 3.4 per game.

Willamette’s Laura Payne was game high scorer with 11 and the Bearcats’ Brittany Farrer led rebounders with 11.

Perhaps most telling statistic of the game was turnovers: Willamette, bothered by Linfield’s aggressive defense, made 27 and the Wildcats made 13. Linfield led in steals 13-6.

Jessica Hanato (Fr., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii) hit a three-pointer on Linfield’s first possession and Porcia Jackson (Jr., Bellingham, Wash.) made a put-back on the Wildcats’ second possession for a 5-0 lead. After five minutes it was 10-1.

The Wildcats held Willamette without a field goal for the first 6:15 and their lead grew steadily to 20 points, 35-15, just before halftime.

Linfield led by 20 points most of the second half and its lead reached 26 at 48-22 when Hanato beat the 30-second buzzer with a three-pointer from the right corner 5 _ minutes into the second half. The Wildcat lead reached 26 again with 1:53 to play and with 38 seconds left when Monica Chock (Fr., Aiea, Hawaii) scored her first basket of the season.