Wartburg Holds Willamette to 28.8% Shooting in 64-41 Win over Bearcats

PORTLAND, ORE. -- Wartburg College held Willamette University to 28.8% shooting (17 of 59), and the Knights hauled down 53 rebounds, in a 64-41 win over the Bearcats on Saturay, Nov. 18, on the second day of the Bon Appetit Classic, hosted by Lewis & Clark College. Wartburg improved to 1-1, while Willamette dropped to 0-2.
The Bearcats led 6-2 less than four minutes into the game, as Tracie Nygaard (Jr., F, Astoria, OR/Knappa HS) scored four points and Keilyn Fujioka (Fr., F, Kailua, HI/Iolani HS) provided two points. Wartburg took a 10-9 lead at the 15:40 mark of the first half on a 3-pointer by Elizabeth Campbell. Later, the Knights used a 17-4 run to turn a one-point lead into a 31-17 edge with 4:16 remaining in the half.

Wartburg shot 42.1% in the first half (16 of 38), as the Knights built a 40-21 advantage. WC increased its lead to as many as 29 points in the second half, as Wartburg took a 58-29 lead on a 3-pointer by Campbell with 5:11 remaining. The Bearcats closed the game with a 12-6 run.

Willamette limited the Knights to 8 of 26 shooting (30.8%) in the second half, but couldn’t rally closer than 16points, at 43-27 with 12:21 to go. The Bearcats, who made only 7 of 24 field goals (29.2%) in the first half, also struggled on offense during the final 20 minutes, hitting just 10 of 35 shots (28.6%). WC converted 2 of 7 three-pointers and 6 of 10 free throws in the second half, while Willamette went 0 for 6 on three-pointers and 0 for 2 at the line.

LaToshia Burrell and Megan Hendricks each scored 11 points to lead the Knights. Hendricks also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Campbell finished the game with 10 points and 10 boards. Wartburg’s 53-35 advantage on the class, included 21 offensive rebounds. The Knights also forced 16 turnovers and earned 11 steals. Hollee Silvey supplied WC with five points, five rebounds and six steals.

Wartburg shot 37.5% for the game (24 of 64), including 5 of 15 on three-point attempts. The Knights were 11 of 15 at the charity stripe (73.3%).

For Willamette, Rebekah Wells (Jr., G, Bothel, WA/Edmonds-Woodway HS) and Brittany Farrer (So., F, Medford, OR/South Medford HS) led the Bearcats with eight points each. Both players started in the season opener against St. Mary’s (Minn.), but contributed off the bench against Wartburg. Wells, who filled in for injured point guard Sara Brooks on Friday, sustained a minor injury in that game and was not at full strength against the Knights.

With Brooks still out and Well slightly injured, Fujioka and Selena Levy (Fr., G, San Anselmo, CA/Sir Francis Drake HS) each received her first start for the Bearcats. Fujioka scored six points and led the Bearcats with eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Levy recorded three points and contributed three rebounds.

Willamette latched onto 12 offensive rebounds, but Wartburg’s 21 offensive boards gave the Knights an edge. In addition to Fujioka’s eight rebounds, the Bearcats also received six rebounds each from Farrer and Laura Payne (Jr., G, Sammamish, WA/Skyline HS). Farrer and Payne also tied for the team lead with three offensive rebounds apiece.

The Bearcats converted 2 of 14 three-pointers during the game (14.3%) and made 5 of 8 free throws (62.5%). WU was credited with just four assists and three steals. Nygaard led the Bearcats with three of the four assists.

Willamette plays again on Tuesday, Nov. 21, on the campus of cross-town rival Corban College. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. (PST).