SPOKANE, Wash. – Callie Harwood's basket with 14 seconds left in the game lifted Whitworth to a 67-65 win over UC Santa Cruz in the finale of the Quality Inn Whit Classic on Saturday night at the Whitworth Fieldhouse.
The Pirates held off a strong comeback by the Banana Slugs to improve to 1-1. UCSC rallied from a 16-point, third quarter deficit to take a three-point lead in the fourth quarter, but fell to 0-3.
Harwood scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, her second double-double in as many nights. Grace Douglas added 23 points and hit back-to-back three pointers with three minutes to play to give Whitworth the lead back. Madison Moffat totaled 12 points for the Bucs.
Whitworth took a 36-31 lead into halftime after Harwood hit a three-pointer late in the second quarter. The Pirates opened the third quarter on a 13-0 run to open a 49-33 lead, their largest of the game. Harwood had eight of those points.
Trailing 54-42 to start the fourth quarter, UCSC put on a full-court press that harassed Whitworth into 11 turnovers in the final period. The Pirates committed six of those over the first five minutes of the fourth while the Banana Slugs went on a 15-0 run to take a 57-54 lead. Jenna Sparks scored six of the points, including a layup to finish off the 15-0 run. A basket by Douglas ended the UCSC run.
Harwood scored with 43 seconds left to break a 63-63 tie, but Katie Young answered with a basket for the Banana Slugs 12 seconds later to retie the game. Whitworth missed its first attempt at a game-winning shot, but Sydney Riggs grabbed an offensive rebound, which allowed Harwood a chance to get the game-winner.
UCSC had one final opportunity, calling timeout with 13.3 seconds to play. Michelle Poole and Jasmin Dimson both had good opportunities to score in the last two seconds, but both had shots rim out.
Whitworth shot 42.9% from the field, 40% (8-20) from three-point range. The Pirates had a 46-43 edge on the boards, but finished the game with 20 turnovers.
Young and Dimson scored 13 points each to lead UCSC, while Poole and Sparks added a dozen points apiece. The Banana Slugs made 31.2% of their shots from the field, 23.5% (4-17) from beyond the arc.
Whitworth will return to action on Tuesday night when the Pirates travel to play at Eastern Oregon.
Whitman 67, Mary Hardin-Baylor 54
Chelsi Brewer, the MVP of the Quality Inn Whit Classic, led the Blues with 16 points, while Casey Poe added 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
Whitman (3-0) looked like it might make the game a runaway, jumping to an early double-digit lead and leading 20-8 after one quarter. But UMHB was able to pull within 36-29 at halftime. The Crusaders trailed only 48-43 after three quarters, but the Blues pulled away over the final ten minutes. Whitman took its largest lead of 17 points with just under five minutes to play.
Kendall Rollins led the Crusaders (2-1) with 10 points.
Quality Inn Whit Classic All-Tournament Team
MVP – Chelsi Brewer, Whitman
Casey Poe, Whitman
Kendall Rollins, UMHB
Callie Harwood, Whitworth
Michelle Poole, UC Santa Cruz