Fujioka Produces 22 Points, 17 Boards, as WU Defeats William Jessup, 71-58

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Keilyn Fujioka (Jr., Post, Kailua, HI/Iolani School) scored 22 points and secured 17 rebounds to lead Willamette University past William Jessup University (Calif.), 71-58, in the first round of the Bruce Henderson Memorial Capital City Classic, Friday, Nov. 27 at Corban College. The Bearcats improved to 1-2 overall. William Jessup dropped to 3-5.

Willamette University 71
William Jessup University 58
(Bruce Henderson Memorial Capital City Classic at Corban College)

In addition to her double-double, Fujioka recorded two assists and earned three steals. She topped both teams with 38 minutes played.

Alex Zennan (Jr., G, Sammamish, WA/Eastlake HS) added 19 points and five rebounds for Willamette. She hit 11 of 12 free throws to tie for third on WU's all-time list of free throws made by a player in one game.

The school record is 12 free throws by Kappy Klocksieben against George Fox University on Jan. 10, 1992 and by Heather Ludwig versus Linfield College on Feb. 3, 2001.

Zennan became the fourth player with 11 free throws, equaling the stats of Kirsten Anderson against Lewis & Clark College on Jan. 9, 1998, Kasey Sorenson against Whitworth University on Jan 1, 2002 and Molly Fillion against New Mexico Highlands University on Nov. 22, 2008.

The Bearcats trailed 5-0 and 11-6, but scored the next seven points to take a 13-11 lead with 7:15 remaining in the first half. Maya McFaddin (So., G, McMinnville, OR/McMinnville HS) completed the run with a 3-point shot.

WJU countered with an 8-0 run of its own, as the Warriors pulled back in front, 19-13, at the 4:55 mark. Carly Haddan scored on a jumper and two free throws during the run.

Willamette regained the lead at 25-24 on a jumper by Clowdsley as the clock reached 2:03. Zennan tacked on two free throws with 1:32 left in the half.

The Warriors pulled within 27-26 on two free throws by Ashley Rose, but Zennan scored the final five points of the half on a pair of charity shots at 0:55 followed by a 3-pointer with 0:29 to go. Overall, Willamette closed the half with a 19-7 run to build a 32-26 lead at the break.

WU used an 8-2 run at the start of the half to increase the Bearcats' advantage to 12 points at 40-28 with 16:44 remaining. Erin Barclay (Jr., PG, Shohomish, WA/Bothel HS) hit a jumper and a 3-pointer during the run.

The Bearcats held their largest lead of the night at 60-45, following a layup by Fujioka with 5:38 to go. William Jessup put in 13 of the next 15 points, including three 3-pointers, to cut the deficit to 62-58 with 3:16 left. Jennifer McNamara provided the final six points of the run on a pair of 3-point shots.

WJU never scored again, as Willamette ended the game with a 9-0 run. Zennan hit a critical 3-pointer at the 2:45 mark to swing the momentum and give WU a 65-58 edge.

Zennan sank two free throws with 2:29 and added two more with 2:05 left, as the lead improved to 11 points. McFaddin completed the scoring with two charity tosses with 1:34 remaining.

Willamette shot 34.3% for the game (23 of 67) and made 21 of 29 free throws (72.4%). The Bearcats limited William Jessup to 30.0% shooting (17 of 55). The Warriors hit 8 of 23 three-pointers (34.8%) and connected on 16 of 21 free throws (76.2%).

The 'Cats achieved a sizable 55-37 lead on the boards. Fujioka's 17 rebounds led the way, while Kaileigh Westermann (So., F, Belfair, WA/South Kitsap HS) contributed nine and Zennan grabbed eight. Maria Viola topped the Warriors with eight rebounds.

Willamette passed the ball well on offense and earned 16 assists on 23 baskets. Barclay matched Zennan with five assists. Barclay also scored nine points in a strong performance, especially during WU's run at the end of the first half.

In Friday's second game, Corban downed Bethany University (Calif.), 76-48. On Saturday (Nov. 28), Willamette will take on Bethany at 3:30 p.m. (PST) and Corban will play William Jessup at 5:30 p.m.

Keilyn Fujioka led all players with 22 points, 17 rebounds and 38 minutes played.

Keilyn Fujioka led all players with 22 points, 17 rebounds and 38 minutes played.