Linfield basketball drops weekend road games

Courtesy of Linfield sports information

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Whitman seniors Sarah Anderegg and Meghan White combined for 34 points in their final home games inside the Sherwood Center as the second-ranked Missionaries rolled to an 80-53 Northwest Conference women's basketball victory over visiting Linfield Saturday evening.

With the victory, Whitman ran its perfect record to 23-0, including 14-0 against league opponents, while dropping Linfield to 7-15 overall and 3-10 in NWC action.

Wildcat veterans Katelyn Henson and Kaely Maltman finished as the only double digit-scorers on the visitors' side, contributing 15 and 14 points, respectively. Henson also finished with a team-high eight rebounds.

Sparked by Heather Johns' 3-pointer just 14 seconds after the opening whistle, the Missionaries raced to an 11-2 advantage with 16:49 on the clock. A trey from Taylor Solomon with 15:25 to play ended a near four-minute scoring drought for the Wildcats, but Whitman responded with an 8-3 run to gain an 11-point lead, 19-8.

The Missionaries converted at a rate a few percentage points higher than their counterparts (42.5 to 35.7 percent) over the opening 20 minutes, and had far more looks at the basket, knocking down 17-of-40 attempts compared to 10-of-28 for Linfield, in gaining a 39-25 advantage by the break.

Anderegg scored the first four points of the second half to push the spread to 18 points, 43-25, and Whitman's lead swelled to as many as 30 on Chelsei Brewer's layup with 9:41 to play. Maltman, Henson and Riley Graham spearheaded a 10-0 Wildcat run that make it a 65-45 game with 6:25 on the clock, only to watch the Missionaries rattle off 11 straight points to gain their biggest lead of the night, 31 points, with just about four minutes remaining.

Linfield plays host to Willamette tonight inside Ted Wilson Gymnasium. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. in a matchup that was rescheduled due to snow.


Whitworth 82, Linfield 60

SPOKANE, Wash. – KC McConnell led a quartet of double-digit scorers as Whitworth rallied from a four-point halftime deficit for an 82-60 Northwest Conference women's basketball victory over Linfield Friday evening inside Whitworth Fieldhouse.

Whitworth (17-5, 11-2 NWC) went outside early in the second half, knocking down a trio of 3-pointers as part of a 17-4 run that put the lead firmly in Pirate control. Linfield (7-14, 3-9 NWC) cut the deficit to four, 50-46, on a Taylor Solomon layup with 10:06 remaining, but the home team responded with nine straight points and never looked back.

Solomon led the ‘Cats with 14 points, including two makes from beyond the arc, and Katelyn Henson added 10 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field and also corralled a game-high 11 rebounds.

Kaely Maltman moved up to third all-time on Linfield's career scoring ladder, but was limited to just eight points on the night. The Pirates allowed Maltman just four looks at the basket, but the senior also made good on 4-of-5 free throw opportunities.

Men’s basketball

Whitman 91, Linfield 63

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Scorching the nets at a 58 percent clip during the first half, the Whitman Missionaries showed off their deft shooting touch on the way to a 91-63 victory over the Linfield Wildcats in Northwest Conference men's basketball action Saturday night at Sherwood Center.

With the win, the Missionaries (16-7, 11-3 NWC) are assured of no worse than second place in the NWC. Whitman also secured home court for at least the first round of the conference playoffs.

Against the Wildcats, the Missionaries were the most impressive the further away from the rim they got, connecting on more than half their 3-point attempts. Whitman canned 14 shots from outside the arc in 27 attempts, including 7-of-12 long bombs in the first half that enabled the hosts to open up a 52-38 advantage at the break.

Led by the 14 points of Jackson Gion and 13 more from Chris Dirks, Linfield shot 42 percent from the field for the game and 36 percent from 3-point range, figures too low to keep pace with the white-hot Missionaries.


Whitworth 91, Linfield 59

SPOKANE, Wash. – Two teams at opposite ends of the Northwest Conference men's basketball spectrum met Friday night inside the Whitworth Fieldhouse. The outcome – a 91-59 Whitworth romp over the rebuilding Linfield Wildcats – went pretty much according to script.

Defending NWC champion Whitworth (17-4, 11-1 NWC), ranked 16th in the most recent d3hoops.com Top 25 poll, had its way with Linfield, scoring the game's first basket 24 seconds into the contest and never trailing.

Wildcats swingman Vinnie Toor came off the bench to lead Linfield in scoring, notching 10 points. And on a night when the Wildcats went 6-for-21 from beyond the 3-point arc, Linfield's starting five combined for just seven baskets in 26 tries, producing a pedestrian 23 points.

Toor came off the bench for nine productive minutes, going 4-for-4 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers. Mason Rodby, Cory Hendryx and Nick Cantonwine each added seven points. Rodby grabbed eight rebounds in his second start of the season.


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