Payne Reaches 1,000 Points, but Bearcats Fall to Boxers, 70-60

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

FOREST, GROVE, ORE. -- Willamette University senior guard Laura Payne (Sammamish, WA/Skyline HS) scored a game-high 19 points to pass the 1,000-point mark in career scoring, but Pacific University hit 22 of 28 free throws, as the Boxers defeated the Bearcats, 70-60, on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Pacific Athletic Center.

Payne, who entered the game with 993 points, went over 1,000 when she sank a pair of free throws with 1:01 left in the first half. The free throws gave her 1,001 in her career. She finished the game with 1,012 points.

Two other Bearcats also achieved double figures against the Boxers. Alex Zennan (Fr., G, Sammamish, WA/Eastlake HS) tallied 18 points and provided three assists. Molly Fillion (Jr., G, Silverton, OR/Silverton HS/Linn-Benton HS) ended the game with a double-double, as she scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Pacific was led by Mallory Goldammer, who put in 18 points and was 5 of 9 from the field. Kristina Stevens added 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Amy Pederson contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Christine Kim produced 11 points and three assists.

The Boxers built a 36-28 halftime lead and finished the game shooting 43.8% (21 of 48) from the field. Pacific limited Willamette to just 34.5% shooting (20 of 58), including 32.0% (8 of 25) in the first half.

Pacific outscored the 'Cats by seven points at the line. While the Boxers were connected on 22 of 28 shots (78.6), the Bearcats were making 15 of 23 attempts (65.2%).

Willamette will conclude the season on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the University of Puget Sound. Tip-off in Tacoma, Wash., is set for 6 p.m. (PST).

BOX SCORE
Pacific University 70, Willamette University 60
Laura Payne scored her 1,000th career point against Pacific University. She ended the game with 1,012 points.

Laura Payne scored her 1,000th career point against Pacific University. She ended the game with 1,012 points.