Bearcat Sports Weekly #14

Men's Basketball (2-4, 0-0 NWC)

Last Week's Results
La Verne Edges Bearcats, 84-81; Whittier Slides Past WU, 80-77

Willamette University held a 40-33 halftime lead against the University of La Verne, but the Leopards rallied in the second half to defeat the visiting Bearcats, 84-81. The non-conference game was played in La Verne, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 30. Willamette fell to 2-3. La Verne upped its record to 3-2.

Mike Smith (Sr., Wing, Talent, OR/Phoenix HS) led the Bearcats with 22 points against La Verne on 8-of-15 shooting. He connected on 5 of 9 three-point shots and had just one turnover in 28 minutes on the court. Tain Cantrell (Jr., Post, Beaverton, OR/Westview HS) just missed a double-double for the ‘Cats, as he finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. Cantrell connected on 6 of 7 field goals.

Ian Mansfield (Sr., Post, Hillsboro, OR/Century HS) tacked on 11 points for Willamette. Kyler McClary (Jr., Post, Hillsboro, OR/Glencoe HS) and Corey Costantino (Jr., Wing, Ashland, OR/Ashland HS) scored 10 points each for the Bearcats. Willamette point guard Robbie Kunke (Fr., Clackamas, OR/Clackamas HS) equaled a season high with seven assists. He also contributed seven points and five rebounds.

Each team experienced success for one half. In the opening 20 minutes, Willamette shot 60.7% from the field (17 of 28), including 3 of 6 on three-pointers. La Verne hit just 39.4% of its field goals in the first half (13 of 33), including 4 of 11 on three-pointers (36.4%).

In the second half, La Verne surged to 76.2% on field goals (16 of 21) and canned 5 of 8 three-pointers (62.5%). Meanwhile, the Bearcats dropped off to 42.4% shooting (14 of 33), with just 38.5% accuracy (5 of 13) on three-point attempts.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, Willamette lost by three points on the road for the second day in a row, as Whittier College defeated the Bearcats, 80-77, in Whittier, Calif. Willamette dropped to 2-4 after losing to the Poets, while Whittier improved to 3-1.

The Bearcats trailed 41-32 at halftime and fell behind by 13 points early in the second half. After Whittier built a 47-34 lead, Willamette rallied with an 18-9 run and moved within 56-52 on a free throw by Ricky Thompson (Fr., PG, Temecula, CA/Temecula HS) with 11:11 remaining. The 'Cats also pulled within four points at 59-55 on a layup and foul shot by Cameron Mitchell (So., Post, Portland, OR/Grant HS/U. of Redlands) at the 9:59 mark.

Whittier used an 8-2 run to regain a double-digit lead, 67-57, with 6:35 remaining. The Poets were in front 71-60 with 5:11 to go, but WU cut the margin back to four points, with a 7-0 run, ending with a layup by McClary with 2:55 left.

At the 1:24 mark, Willamette's Mike Smith (Sr., Wing, Talent, OR/Phoenix HS) hit a three-pointer to move WU within three points at 73-70. Michael Archuletta made a pair of free throws for Whittier with 1:09 remaining and A.J. Manalo tacked on two more charity tosses with 57 seconds left, as the Poets claimed a 77-70 lead.

McClary led Willamette with a career-high 24 points. He connected on 9 of 17 field goals and 5 of 8 free throws. He also provided nine rebounds.

Mitchell registered his third double-double of the season for the ‘Cats. He tallied 11 points and led all players on both teams with 13 rebounds. Costantino recorded 16 points and eight boards for the Bearcats, while Thompson finished with 13 points and four rebounds.

The Bearcats achieved a 42-31 rebounding edge, including 16 offensive boards. WU converted 43.8% of its field goals (28 of 64), but made just 3 of 13 three-pointers (23.1%) and 18 of 28 free throws (64.3%). Both teams kept control of the ball, as WU committed just 11 turnovers and Whittier was credited with only 10 turnovers.

Up Next for the Bearcats:
Bearcats will Travel to Portland to take on Concordia

Willamette, which has played all six games on the road, will travel to Portland, Ore., on Saturday, Dec. 8 to take on Concordia University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (PST).

Women's Basketball (2-5, 0-0 NWC)

Last Week's Results
Bearcats Fall to Corban, 65-54; Register a Pair of Losses at Westminster Tournament

Kailey Bostwick and Emily Goette each scored 13 points to lead Corban College to a 63-54 victory over visiting Willamette University on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the C.E. Jeffers Sports Center. The Bearcats fell to 2-3 despite a double-double from Molly Fillion (Jr., G, Silverton, OR/Silverton HS/Linn-Benton CC), who scored 24 points and hauled down 19 rebounds.

The Warriors won the battle of cross-town rivals by holding Willamette to 27.0% shooting (17 of 63). Corban connected on 41.8% of its field goal attempts (23 of 55).

The game was tied at 44-44 before Corban went on an 8-0 run to take a 52-44 lead. Emily Goette scored four points during the run. Corban remained in the lead the rest of the way, but held just a five-point margin, 59-54, after Tracie Nygaard (Sr., F, Knappa, OR/Knappa HS) hit one of two free throws with 55 seconds remaining. Corban converted 4 of 4 free throws in the final 31 seconds to seal the win.

Molly Fillion was the only Bearcat in double figures. Nygaard scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds. Jenny Fillion contributed seven points and five rebounds. The ‘Cats made just 4 of 19 three-pointers (21.2%), but hit 16 of 21 free throws (76.2%).

Molly Fillion’s 24 points were the most she has scored in her five games since transferring from Linn-Benton CC. It also was her third game with 20 or more points. She is averaging 17.2 points and 13.4 rebounds per game.

Both teams had turnover troubles. The Warriors lost the ball 23 times and Willamette committed 22 turnovers. On the boards, the Bearcats achieved a 45-42 rebounding margin.

In the opening round of the Westminster College Tournament, Nov. 29 in Salt Lake City, the University of Montana-Western outscored Willamette 34-21 in the second half to overcome a 25-24 halftime deficit and defeat the Bearcats, 58-46.

The Lady Bulldogs held a nine-point lead at 42-33 with 11:08 on the clock, but Willamette cut the lead to 46-42 on a free throw by Laura Payne (Sammamish, WA/Skyline HS) with 3:31 left. Laura Shea converted a traditional three-point play for UMW at the 3:07 mark and the Lady Bulldogs led by at least five points the rest of the way.

Willamette was very much in striking distance of UMW when Nygaard put in a basket with 2:05 left, pulling WU within 51-46. Montana-Western scored the final seven points in the last 1:14 of the game.

Willamette was led in scoring by senior guard Payne with 16 points. Payne also earned three rebounds and two assists. She was 3 of 5 on three-point shots. WU’s leading scorer, Molly Fillion, who entered the game averaging 17.2 points and 13.4 rebounds, was held scoreless, but led all players on both teams with 10 rebounds.

The Bulldogs shot 37.5% (21 of 56) and achieved a 39-31 rebounding edge. Willamette connected on 34.0% of its shots, as the Bearcats hit 18 of 53 field goals.

On the concluding day of the Westminster Tournament on Friday, Nov. 30, Willamette put up a strong battle against the highly-regarded women’s basketball team from Westminster College (Utah) throughout the first half, but the Bearcats couldn’t keep pace with the Griffins in the second half of an 82-56 loss. The Griffins improved to 9-1 on the season. Willamette dropped to 2-5.

WU shot 50.0% in the first half (12 of 24), but slipped to 40.0% (10 of 25) over the final 20 minutes. The Bearcats connected on just 4 of 16 three-pointers during the game and committed 26 turnovers, 18 in the first half. Willamette was 8 of 13 (61.5%) at the line.

The Bearcats led 5-2 and 11-9 early in the game. Willamette also was tied with the Griffins, 20-20, at the 9:50 mark in the first half, following a field goal by Nygaard. The Bearcats trailed by just five points, 29-24, after Molly Fillion sank a basket with 2:15 left in the half.

Westminster ended the half with a 9-3 run that extended the lead to 38-27 at the intermission. The Griffins opened the second stanza by scoring seven of the first 10 points and increasing the lead to 15 points, 43-30, with 16:15 remaining.

WU placed four players in double figures led by Payne with 13 points. Alex Zennan (Fr., G, Sammamish, WA/Eastlake HS) and Molly Fillion tallied 12 points apiece, while Nygaard chipped in 11 points. Molly Fillion and Payne each hauled down six boards

Elisa Leader, with 14 points, was one of four Griffins in double figures. Kelsi Olsen added 13 points, Shannon Evans provided 12 points and Rachel Shippee tacked on 10 points. Evans led all players with 12 rebounds.

Up Next for the Bearcats:
Willamette to Compete at OIT Tournametn in Klamath Falls

The Bearcats will return to action on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Oregon Institute of Technology Tournament in Klamath Falls, Ore. Willamette will open the tournament against Southern Oregon University on Dec. 7 and will play Oregon Tech on Dec. 8. Both games are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (PST).

Men's and Women's Swimming (Men: 0-3, 0-3 NWC; Women: 0-3, 0-3 NWC)

Last Weeks Results:
Bearcat Women's Team Finishes Fourth at Northwest Invitational; Men's Team Places Seventh

The Willamette University women’s swimming team took fourth place in the final team standings, as the Northwest Invitational concluded on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Linfield College. The Bearcat men’s squad finished in seventh place. Lewis & Clark College won the women’s team title, while Pacific Lutheran University claimed the men’s team championship.

In the women’s competition, Lewis & Clark scored 810 points to run away with the title. Whitman College was second with 594 points, Linfield finished third at 351, Willamette took fourth at 344 and the College of Idaho was fifth at 338. Willamette held a slim 192-187 lead for third place in front of Linfield after Friday’s events, but the Wildcats outscored the Bearcats by 12 points on Saturday.

The women’s team standings also included Pacific University in sixth with 239 points. The University of Puget Sound took seventh with 211 points and Mills College was eighth with 193 points.

Highlights for the Willamette womens' team on the first day of the meet:

Willamette took third place in the women's 800-yard freestyle relay during the morning session, then earned a third place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay to open the evening session. WU recorded a time of 8:53.88 in the 800 free relay and clocked in at 1:49.33 in the 200 free relay.

Swimming for Willamette in the women's 800 free relay were Bridget Sutherland (Sr., Everett, WA/Everett HS), Jenna Larrow (so., Boise, ID/Timberline HS), Gwen Schulze (So., Silverdale, WA/Central Kitsap HS) and Shannon Gima (Sr., Alameda, CA/Lick Wilmerding HS).

WU's 200 free relay team included Gima, Chelsea Hollingsworth (Sr., Portland, OR/Woodrow Wilson HS), Hanna Connett (Fr., Pullman, WA/Pullman HS) and Whitney Pryce (So.,Glastonbury, CT/Glastonbury HS).

The Bearcat women's team also took fourth place in the 400-yard medley relay. Willamette's time in the event was 4:27.20, as recorded by Gima, Connett, Sutherland and Pryce.

WU's top individual finishes on the first day were recorded by Sutherland and Schulze in the women's 200-yard butterfly. Sutherland took third place in the event with a time of 2:23.58 and Schulze placed fourth after completing the race in 2:24.88.

Larrow and Pryce both competed in the championship finals of the 500-yard freestyle. Larrow took sixth place with a time of 5:48.96. Pryce finished eighth in 6:04.88. Other results for the WU women's team in the championship finals were Schulze taking eighth in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:26.55 and Connett finishing eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:18.38.

Highlights for the Willamette womens' team on the second day of the meet:

Shannon Gima (Sr., Alameda, CA/Lick Wilmerding HS) achieved Willamette’s top individual finish of the day, as she took third place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:04.30. She was 1.24 seconds behind Nancy Alexander of Whitman in second place and 0.87 seconds in front of Rachel Griffith of Mills College in fourth. Rose Hollingsworth of Linfield won the event in 1:02.52.

WU’s Gwen Schulze (So., Silverdale, WA/Central Kitsap HS/Austin College) was fourth in the 100-yard butterfly and concluded the race barely in front of teammate Bridget Sutherland (Sr., Everett, WA/Everett HS), who finished fifth. Schulze clocked in at 1:03.65 and Sutherland was timed at 1:03.77. Erin Pettersen of Whitman won the race at 1:02.25.

In the Northwest Invitational’s longest race, the 1,650-yard freestyle, Jenna Larrow (So., Boise, ID/Timberline HS) of Willamette earned fourth place with a time of 19:41.95. She missed third place by just 3.33 seconds over the 66-length race. Hanna Connett (Fr., Pullman, WA/Pullman HS) earned sixth place for the Bearcats in the 200-yard breaststroke, as she recorded a time of 2:47.15.

Willamette’s women’s team placed third in the 200-yard medley relay after completing the event in 2:01.39. Swimming for WU in the relay were Gima, Connett, Schulze and Sutherland. WU took fourth place in the 400-yard freestyle relay, as Sutherland, Schulze, Connett and Whitney Pryce (So., Glastonbury, CT/Glastonbury HS) combined for a time of 3:58.51.

In the consolation finals, WU’s top finishes for the women’s team were registered by Sutherland and Pryce in the 200-yard freestyle. Sutherland took second in the consolation final and 10th overall with a time of 2:10.06, missing first place in the consolation race by just 1.01 seconds. Pryce was third in the consolation final and 11th overall in 2:11.81.

Pacific Lutheran scored 610 points to finish at the top of the men’s team standings. Whitman tallied 579 points to take second place, while Linfield was third just seven points back at 572. The College of Idaho was fourth at 328, Pacific was fifth at 321, Lewis & Clark held sixth at 252, Willamette followed in seventh at 231 and Puget Sound was eighth at 219.

Highlights for the Willamette mens' team on the first day of the meet:

Matt Tanigawa (So., Kailua, HI/Hawaii Baptist Academy) and Pete Kahn (Jr., Billings, MT/Billings Senior HS) represented the Willamette men's team in the championship finals. Tanigawa placed eighth in two events, as he clocked in at 2:16.85 in the 200-yard individual medley and registered a time of 52.15 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle. Kahn was eighth in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:18.03.

The second day of prelims, consolation finals and championship finals will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1. The morning session will start at 9:30 a.m. (PST), with the evening session set for 5:30 p.m. (PST).

Highlights for the Willamette mens' team on the second day of the meet:

John Schmidtbauer (Fr., Whittier, CA/Whittier HS) and Kevin Tangeman (So., Sherwood, OR/Sherwood HS) both reached the championship final in the 200-yard freestyle, while Pete Kahn (Jr., Billings, MT/Billings Senior HS) competed in the consolation final. Schmidtbauer finished seventh with a time of 1.55:89 and Tangeman took eighth at 2:02.02. Kahn finished 10th overall, after placing second in the consolation final at 1:59.23.

Matt Tanigawa (So., Kailua, HI/Hawaii Baptist Academy) was seventh in the 400-individual medley. Tanigawa registered a time of 4:52.89.

Schmidtbauer won the consolation final in the 100-yard butterfly. He entered the race after finishing 16th in the preliminaries, but swam past the field in the consolation finals with a time of 59.83. He placed ninth overall.

Up Next for the Bearcats:
WU to Host Whitman College in NWC Dual Meet

The Willamette swimming teams do not compete again until Jan. 11, 2008, when they will host Whitman College in a Northwest Conference dual meet. Start time is scheduled for 6 p.m. (PST).