Willamette Basketball opens Northwest Conference Play

Dec 10th, 2017 | By | Category: 2017-2018, Sports

By Jarin Kobashigawa
Contributor

On Friday, the Men’s Basketball team restricted Lewis & Clark College to 24.6% shooting to win their third straight game, and first NWC game, 64-47. The Bearcats began the game with an impressive 14-0 run. Efforts by the defense kept the score to a minimal in the first few minutes of the game and also played a vital role in the rest of the game.

Before the half, the Pioneers managed to bring themselves within eight points, 31-23. In the second half, the Bearcat’s defense started to take control, simultaneously their offense started to heat up. With nine minutes remaining in the half, the Pioneers pulled within 11 points of the Bearcats, 50-39, but that would be the smallest difference for the rest of the game.

Jenkins ended the game with 19 points on 8-14 shooting, and also had nine rebounds. Troplent had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Trent Callan and Brendon McCullough both added nine points. Willamette finished with a 50% shooting; the starting five players shot 57.1% from the field and also recorded 31 rebounds compared to L&C’s 32 total rebounds.

On Saturday, the Bearcats nearly rallied back from a 12-point deficit in the remaining two minutes of the game, before falling to George Fox University, 78-75. The Bruins took an early 12-4 lead to start the game and held a substantial lead throughout the first half. Late in the first half, a three-pointer by a Bruins player put them ahead before Jenkins scored on a layup to end the half at 42-28. It took the Bearcats about eight minutes in the second half to pull within single digits of George Fox. The Bruin’s lead fluctuated between 11-13 points as both teams exchanged baskets. With under ten minutes remaining, the Bearcats went on an 8-1 run to get within six points of the Bruins. The single digit margin was maintained until the final three minutes of the game. Efforts by McCullough and Thornton helped the Bearcats to decrease the Bruin’s lead to three points with 40 seconds remaining. With nine seconds left, McCullough scored a layup to make the score 75-76. On a foul, a Bruins player hit both free throws to score the final points of the game. Despite the outcome, five Bearcat players, which included Troplent, Jenkins, Thornton, Callan and McCullough, managed to score double digits. On Friday, Dec. 8 the Bearcats will take on Corban University at the Cone Field House at 8 p.m. (PST)

On Saturday, the Bearcats nearly rallied back from a 12-point deficit in the remaining two minutes of their game against George Fox, before falling 78-75. The Bruins took an early 12-4 lead to start the game and held a substantial lead throughout the first half. Late in the first half, a three-pointer by a Bruins player put them ahead before Jenkins scored on a layup to end the half at 42-28. It took the Bearcats about eight minutes in the second half to pull within single digits of George Fox. The Bruin’s lead fluctuated between 11-13 points as both teams exchanged baskets. With under 10 minutes remaining, the Bearcats went on an 8-1 run to get within 6 points of the Bruins. The single digit margin was maintained until the final three minutes of the game. Efforts by McCullough and Thornton helped the Bearcats to decrease the Bruin’s lead to three points with 40 seconds remaining. With nine seconds left, McCullough scored a layup to make the score 75-76. On a foul, a Bruins player hit both free throws to score the final points of the game. Despite the outcome, five Bearcat players, which included Troplent, Jenkins, Thornton, Callan and McCullough, managed to score double digits. On Friday, Dec. 8 the Bearcats will take on Corban University at the Cone Field House at 8 p.m. (PST)

                      

On Friday, the women’s team scored 12 three-pointers to win against Lewis & Clark College. Kylie Towry went off and proved to be a key player in this game, scoring seven 3-pointers and totaling 25 points. In the first quarter a 10-0 run helped the Pioneers to own a 13-5 advantage before the Bearcats came back to take the lead 16-15. The game was kept close in the second quarter, but the Bearcats entered the third quarter trailing by three points 32-29. With less than two minutes left in the third, the Bearcats went on a 13-0 run, which was led by Elizabeth Logsdon, 52-39. The Pioneers trailed by 14 points with two minutes left in the game and were able to get within six points before falling to the Bearcats 74-65. Ashley Evans contributed 14 points and Drew Farmer had 13 points. Jada Leonard snatched eight rebounds and scored seven points.

On Saturday, Towry again had a huge game, this time scoring a career-high 29 points. Despite this the Bearcats fell short of two points and lost against the Northwest Conference power, George Fox University 76-79. In the first quarter the Bearcats led the Bruins 26-16 on a 20-6 offensive strike. The roles were reversed in the second quarter as the Bruins came back to pull within one point of the Bearcats. Towry scored all 16 points for Willamette in the second quarter. In the third quarter the game was kept close and Willamette was able to increase their lead to three points. Early in the fourth quarter, the Bruins went on a 9-0 run to take the lead 62-66. The Bearcats fought back to stay within three points in the final two minutes of the game. On a three-pointer by Towry with seven seconds left in the game, the margin was reduced to two points. A free throw by the Bruins was the final point of the game, as the Bearcats were unable to score the 3-pointer before time expired. George Fox improved to 4-2 overall, and 2-0 in the NWC while the Bearcats fell to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the NWC. Towry, who was tied with the seventh all-time scorer last week, now moved past Natalie Marth (1983-1987) who had 1,057 points, to become the sixth all-time scorer. Mary Eckenrode provided the Bearcats with 13 points, Kochenderfer had 10 points and nine rebounds, Farmer had nine points. Next, Willamette will host Corban University on Friday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. (PST)

 

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