WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Pacific women’s basketball closed their Eastern Washington trip with a 53-43 win over Whitworth.
The Boxers were able to establish an advantage over the host Pirates by scoring 25 points off of turnovers compared to the five the Pirates scored.
- Brilie Kovaloff scored a team high 23 points by shooting 9-18 from the floor.
- Sydney Gray’s 10 points made her the only other Boxer in double figures.
- Danica Schmidt was able to secure a season high 15 rebounds with four of those coming on the offensive end.
How It Happened
The Boxers started the contest going 0-4 on the field before a Kovaloff layup opened the scoring for either team two and a half minutes into the quarter. Over the first five minutes of the contest the Red and Black went on a 9-2 run. Shaade Williams was able to convert the free throw attached to converted bucket as the Boxers took a 12-7 lead into the quarter break.
Pacific opened up the second quarter stretching their lead to 14 following a Gray three-pointer with 6:32 remaining. Over the next three minutes, the hosts pirates put together a 6-0 run the draw within single digits. Kovaloff was able to convert another long range shot with seven seconds before half to take a 26-13 lead to the locker room.
Whitworth came out in the second half not ready to surrender to the Boxers. They were able to shrink the deficit to five points, 28-23. That would be as close as they would get for the remainder of the quarter with an end of the third quarter score being 36-28.
The final quarterer belonged to the Boxers who opened a quick 13-point lead following a Schmidt fastbreak layup. Pacific was able to earn the 53-43 win over the Pirates who never saw a lead for duration of the contest.
Pacific returns to Forest Grove on January 13th for a highly anticipated matchup against Puget Sound who holds a share with the Boxers for first in the NWC standings.
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