So far the early signs for Pacific Lutheran’s women’s basketball team, playing under new coach Jennifer Childress, against the Northwest Conference powerhouses are promising.
One week after upending defending conference champion Lewis & Clark in Parkland, the Lutes had fourth-ranked Whitman in big trouble in Walla Walla.
Up big early in the second half, only to see the Missionaries stage a big rally, the Lutes still had a chance to win in regulation before falling in overtime, 68-61.
Samantha Potter led all scorers with 24 points for PLU (5-8, 1-3 NWC). Shelly Kilcup added 17.
PLU led 35-23 early in the second half, but Whitman (13-0, 4-0) rallied to tie it at 57 on Tiffani Traver’s free throw with 59 seconds to go.
The Lutes got an open look for Kilcup, but her jumper fell off the mark 22 seconds later. Whitman had three opportunities to win in regulation on its final possession, but missed shots — including Heather Johns’ 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
In overtime, the teams were tied at 61 with 1:53 remaining, but the Missionaries scored the final seven points while the Lutes missed all five field-goal attempts.
At Whitworth 83, Puget Sound 74: Trailing by as many as 15 points late in the first half, the Loggers rallied to tie the game in the second half, only to lose in Spokane.
Emily Sheldon’s jumper tied it at 53 with 14:57 remaining, but the Pirates (10-3, 4-0 NWC) scored the next eight points and were never threatened again.
Kayla Johnson scored 27 points for Whitworth, which remained tied for first place in the conference. Amanda Forshay paced the Loggers (8-5, 1-3) with 18 points.
Oregon Tech 90, at Evergreen State 83 (2 OT): After trailing for most of regulation, Evergreen (6-8 overall, 2-5 CCC) had the lead in the final 10 seconds of regulation (68-66) on Sammi Clark’s 3-pointer and in the first overtime (76-74) on Natasha Trinidad’s turnaround in the lane, only to see OIT hit the tying shot or free throw to extend the game.
But in the second overtime, fatigue set in for Evergreen as the Owls (17-3 overall, 5-3 CCC) outscored Evergreen 17-4. Tess Armstrong, who finished with 14 points, had nine in a row as part of OIT’s run.
At Whitworth 60, UPS 49: A night after losing to Whitman in overtime, the Loggers (6-7, 2-2 NWC) struggled badly from the floor on 32.7 percent shooting (18 of 55) from the floor against Whitworth (10-3, 4-0), and Puget Sound was swept in Spokane.
The only UPS player to score in double figures was Erin Barber with 11 points.
The Loggers sliced Whitworth’s lead to 40-39 on Nick Holden’s jumper with 8:06 to go, but Colton McCargar answered with a big 3-pointer to trigger a 10-0 run for the Pirates.
At Whitman 74, PLU 60: Matt Mounier’s game-high 22 points led the Missionaries (8-5, 3-1 NWC) to a win over the Lutes (4-9, 1-3) and a sweep of the Tacoma schools after defeating UPS on Friday, 94-87 in overtime.
Pacific Lutheran led 24-18 on Andrew Alness’ 3-pointer at the 5:20 mark of the first half, but Whitman hit three 3-pointers in a two-minute span, capped off by Jackson Clough’s long-range 3-point basket to take the lead for good, 29-26, with 2:22 left in the half.
Daniel Landram scored 18 points to lead Pacific Lutheran.