Corban Defeats Willamette, 71-62

SALEM, ORE. -- Corban College outscored Willamette University 9-5 in the final five minutes, as the Warriors defeated the Bearcats, 71-62, in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the C.E. Jeffers Sports Center. Willamette, which trailed 36-33 at halftime, never led in the second half, but stayed close until Corban’s final run. The Bearcats fell to 0-3 on the season. The Warriors improved to 3-3.
“Tonight, I thought we came out with good intensity and our mind-set was such that we knew we could win this ball game if we played hard, smart basketball for 40 minutes,” Willamette Head Coach Bruce Henderson said. “Corban has a very talented and experienced team, and I was pleased with our effort against them.”

Willamette trailed by eight points, 53-45, with 10:59 remaining, but edged within four points, 55-51, following a basket and foul shot by Brittany Farrer (So., F, Medford, OR/South Medford HS) with 9:35 to go. Brianne Carras answered with a three-point play for Corban just 13 seconds later, as the Warriors took a 58-51 lead.

WU fell behind 61-53, before using a 4-1 run to get within 62-57 at the 5:28 mark. Rebekah Wells (Jr., G, Bothel, WA/Edmonds-Woodway HS) completed the short run with a jumper.

The Warriors followed with their decisive run to secure the win. Corban was led in scoring by Tosha Wilson, who provided 17 points on 6 of 12 field goals and 5 of 6 free throws. She also earned a game-high four steals. Jessica Steigleman added 16 points, five rebounds and three steals, while Carras contributed 15 points, a game-high 11 rebounds and three steals. The Warriors shot 49.90% for the game (24 of 49) and made 21 of 30 free throws (70.0%)

Wells led the Bearcats with 15 points. She also earned two assists and two steals. Brittany Farrer (Fr., F, Medford, OR/South Medford HS) scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Maggie Wilkens (Fr., G, Seattle, WA/Lakeside HS) also provided 11 points and was 6 of 8 at the free throw line. Keilyn Fujioka (Fr., Kailua, HI/Iolani HS) supplied 10 points to go with four rebounds and two steals. Fujioka played 16 of her 24 minutes in the first half, but missed much of the second half after suffering an injury.

The Bearcats shot 40.0% for the game on (22 of 55) and hit 14 of 20 free throws (70.0%). Willamette committed 27 turnovers and forced 25 turnovers by Corban. The Warriors achieved a slim 34-33 rebounding edge.

Willamette played its third consecutive game without starting point guard Sara Brooks (Jr., G, Ranier, OR/Ranier HS). Brooks, who is recovering from a knee injury, is listed as probable for the Bearcats’ next game, set for Friday, Nov. 24, at 5 p.m. (PST) against Eastern Oregon. The game will be played at Albertson College in Caldwell, Idaho, as part of the Lady ‘Yote Classic.