1 day later, Lewis & Clark tops Linfield

Courtesy of Linfield sports information

Nearly 24 hours after initial tipoff, Lewis & Clark scored a game-winning basket with 3.9 seconds remaining to complete a come-from-behind 63-62 victory and avoid a major upset against Linfield Sunday afternoon inside Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

Pioneers leading scorer Katie Anderson was held scoreless for 36 minutes, but came through in the clutch, scoring Lewis &

Clark’s final four points, including the game-winning basket, to help the visitors snap a two-game losing streak.

The win for the Pioneers (7-6, 2-2 NWC) was a two-day affair, as the teams got through just six minutes of action Saturday evening before a power outage to the Linfield campus caused the game’s postponement until Sunday.

Kaely Maltman and Katelyn Henson provided the bulk of the offense for Linfield (5-8, 1-3 NWC). Maltman totaled a game-high 17 points to go along with nine rebounds, while Henson scored 15 and hauled in six boards.

The Wildcats host Whitman and Whitworth on Friday and Saturday. Both games begin at 6 p.m.

Linfield 60, Willamette 58

SALEM – Leading its rival for all but 36 seconds of fierce Northwest Conference competition Friday evening inside Cone Field House, Linfield needed a clutch 3-pointer from Taylor Solomon to hang on for a 60-58 victory over Willamette.

The Wildcats (5-7, 1-2 NWC) earned their first conference victory of the year while dropping the Bearcats to 1-3 against league opponents and 3-10 overall.

After coming back from as many as 11 points down, the Bearcats gained their one and only lead of the night on Jojo DeLong’s 3-point basket from the left wing with 1:52 to go. But Solomon responded with a clutch transition 3-pointer under pressure from nearly the exact same spot on the opposite end of the floor to flip the lead back over to Wildcat control.

Willamette fouled with 16.6 seconds remaining, and a miss on the front end of a one-and-one opportunity gave the home team one final possession facing just a two-point deficit. Julia Brand worked her way into the paint, but missed both her first look and a last-second put-back attempt as time expired.

Solomon finished with 11 points, including a 3-for-5 performance from long range, for the Wildcats. Kaely Maltman recorded her second consecutive double-double with a team-high 13 points and game-high 14 rebounds to go along with five assists.

Men’s basketball

Lewis & Clark 70, Linfield 57

A three-minute lull at the end of the first half negated a decent start by the Linfield Wildcats, who dropped a 70-57

Northwest Conference outing Sunday night to the Lewis & Clark Pioneers on the Ted Wilson Gymnasium hardwood.
Linfield’s Ryan Potter and Adam Myren each totaled 13 points in a losing effort. Ryan Cali had nine points along with five assists, and Mason Rodby chipped in with nine points and three rebounds.

The Wildcats found themselves trailing by a dozen points at the intermission, yet played the Pioneers nearly even on the scoreboard in the second half, 31-30, claiming at least a moral victory against a quality conference opponent.

Three-point baskets in the first half by Jackson Gion and Potter helped Linfield take early command, forging leads of 7-3 and 12-6. Midway through the period, Lewis & Clark launched a 13-4 run to go in front 23-18 with 7:48 left before the break.

Following a jumper by Rodby, the Wildcats were within four points with just over three minutes remaining. Benefitting from a 3-point play by Connor Freeberg and a 3-pointer from Serg Ovchinnikov, the Pioneers closed the half by scoring 10 of the next 12 points to assume command, 39-27.

The Wildcats host Whitman and Whitworth on Friday and Saturday. Both games begin at 8 p.m.

Willamette 78, Linfield 70

SALEM – Long-range shooters Ryan Potter and Adam Myren combined for 11 3-pointers but Linfield could not produce the defensive stops it needed down the stretch of a 78-70 Northwest Conference loss to the Willamette Bearcats Friday night at Cone Field House.

Together, Linfield and Willamette combined for 25 3-point baskets. The Wildcats shot 45 percent from beyond the arc (14-of-31) while the Bearcats hit for 64 percent (11-of-17) of their 3-point shots.

With the game only 71 seconds old, Potter connected on a 3-point bucket to cast aside a nasty 0-for-19 shooting slump that spanned his previous three games. The slender freshman guard finished with a game-high 23 points, including seven 3-pointers. Myren was hot from the field as well, scoring 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting. 

Vinnie Toor added 10 points and three assists for the Wildcats, who saw their best opportunity for ending a seven-game losing slide fade away in the closing 10 minutes of the second half.

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