By News-Register staff • 

Linfield men's basketball drops contests against Whitman, Whitworth

Kyle Maloof and Mason Rodby scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, but Linfield basketball seemed back on the skids after losing their second straight, an 82-55 decision against the Whitman Missionaries on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

Linfield’s 20 turnovers became 20 points for Whitman, who led by as many as 27 points. The Wildcats out-rebounded their guests 36-29 but hit just 38 percent of their shots in a dismal final half. The loss dropped the ‘Cats back below .500 on the year.

Linfield (9-10, 3-7 Northwest Conference) hosts Willamette on Friday at 8 p.m.

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Whitworth 67, Linfield 55

Jordan Clark scored 12 points and hit a game tying jumper just before halftime but the undefeated Pirates ran away with the second half, winning 67-55 Friday night at Ted Wilson to snap the ‘Cats three-game win streak.

Kyle Maloof scored nine points, second on the team behind Clark, but missed all six of his three-point attempts as Linfield shot 22 percent as a team from beyond the arc. Vince Romeo’s late pair of free throws were all that kept the visitors from finishing the contest with their largest lead of the night.


Linfield 53, Pacific 42

FOREST GROVE – Ten points each for Kyle Maloof and Mason Rodby propelled the ‘Cats to their third consecutive win at the Stoller Center in Forest Grove on Saturday, Jan. 23, as they defeated the Boxers.

Linfield missed all nine of their three-point attempts in the first half but still went to intermission with a three point lead thanks to 12 points off the bench in the first half. The Wildcats shot 13-for-21 as a team in the final half of the contest to take their second consecutive conference victory.


Linfield 72, George Fox 66

NEWBERG – Kyle Maloof’s double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds helped the ‘Cats snap a three-game conference losing streak as the defeated the rival Bruins on Friday, Jan. 22, at Wheeler Sports Center.

Fox led by as many as 12 in the first half before the Wildcats came roaring to life, scoring 11 unanswered to take the lead with four minutes left in the period and heading to the locker room with a five-point edge they would not relinquish, despite a tie with four minutes left in the ball game that forced Linfield to score another eight unanswered to insure the win.



Wildcats sweep Willamette to wrap regular season

SALEM – The Wildcats closed out their regular season on a high noted with a hard fought sweep of hosts Willamette in a Northwest Conference dual Saturday, Jan. 30 at Sparks Pool.

Highlights included Elizabeth Fry’s 12-second win in the women’s 1,000-yard freestyle (11:32.53) and Victor Brasil’s 2:14.92 win in the men’s 200-yard breaststroke. Linfield teams were victorious in all four relay races. The final meet scores were 11-94 for the women and 118-87 for the men.

Linfield returns to the pool for the Northwest Conference Championships starting Friday, Feb. 12 in Federal Way, Washington.


Women’s Basketball

Whitman 61, Linfield 56

The Wildcats cut a 17-point third-quarter deficit to just five before time ran out and the ‘Cats fledgling win streak was snapped at two games by the visiting Missionaries on Saturday, Jan. 30 at Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

Paige Graham scored 20 points for the Wildcats, shooting 3-for-4 from deep, while Jessica McMillan added 10. The ‘Cats missed five free throws in the first half and coughed up 23 turnovers on the game while their guests missed all nine attempts from beyond the arc for the game.

Linfield (10-9, 3-7 NWC) hosts Willamette this Friday at 6 p.m. to conclude a three-game home stand.


Linfield 73, Whitworth 62

Paige Graham and Dani Krier scored 16 each as the Wildcats made it two in a row at the expense of the Pirates.

Linfield’s early lead faded away before a 27-point fourth quarter put the home side back over the top. Genna Hughes added 12 points and Quincey Gibson chipped in 10 and five assists. Linfield’s 10 steals helped keep the Pirates offense at bay, as did Whitworth’s 18 missed three-pointers.


Linfield 59, Pacific 53

FOREST GROVE – The Wildcats made five of their six free throw attempts in the final minute of the Saturday, Jan. 23, showdown with the Boxers at the Stoller Center to hold on to the lead and overcome Pacific.

Linfield trailed by seven going into the final frame but held their hosts to four points in the fourth quarter. Jessica McMillan’s double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds were both game highs as Linfield overcame 25 turnovers to seal up the win at the stripe.


George Fox 84, Linfield 54

NEWBERG – Twenty-two steals for the Bruins, contributing to 33 total Linfield turnovers, erased any hopes the ‘Cats might have had of upsetting the Bruins at Wheeler Sports Center on Friday, Jan. 22.

Paige Graham scored 11 points for Linfield, who gave up 17 offensive rebounds to the Bruins, who outscored Linfield in the paint by nearly two to one. The Bruins scored eight of the game’s first 10 points and finished up with their largest lead of the night.