Whitworth Rallies Past Louisiana College

Whitworth Rallies Past Louisiana College

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Grace Douglas scored 21 points and dished four assists to lead Whitworth to a come-from-behind 86-80 win over Louisiana College in overtime at the women's Kim Evanger Raney  Classic on the campus of Whitman College on Saturday.

The Pirates rallied from 15 points behind in the second quarter and didn't take the lead until overtime, improving to 3-4 with their second win of the weekend. 

The Wildcats (2-4) led 28-16 after one quarter.  When Brooke Comeaux hit a three-pointer to open the second period, Louisiana College had taken its largest lead of the game at 31-16.  But the Pirates responded with a quick 8-3 run, including a pair of baskets by Madison Moffat, to pull within 34-24.  Moffat's three-point play with five seconds left in the first half got the Bucs to within 41-34 at halftime.  Moffat led Whitworth with nine points in the opening half.

The Wildcats stretched their lead back to 10 points (54-44) four minutes into the third quarter on Kourtney McGhee's basket.  But another quick 8-2 run got the Pirates to within 56-52 with two minutes left in the third and Whitworth trailed only 56-53 heading to the final quarter.

But LC scored three straight baskets to open the final period and the Pirates trailed 62-53 with 8:24 to play.  Once again Whitworth began to chip away, getting to within 68-65 when Jessica Thoens followed a Douglas three-pointer with a steal and a layup.

Faith Cebula's shot got the Bucs to within 71-70 with 1:25 to go, but Rometta Lombard scored to put the Wildcats back up by three with just over a minute left.  Whitworth moved the ball around to Douglas, who drained another three to tie the game with under 40 seconds to play.  The Pirate defense prevented Louisiana College from even getting a shot off in the possession of regulation.

When Ali Kickbusch and Thoens scored on back-to-back possessions to open overtime, Whitworth had taken its first lead since an early 6-4 advantage.  The Bucs never trailed again.  Douglas drained her fifth three-pointer of the game with two minutes to go to make the score 80-76 and Moffat made two free throws with 1:17 left to keep the lead at four points.  The Bucs went 4-6 at the free throw line in the final seconds to stretch the final margin to six points.

Douglas finished 5-9 from three-point range and 7-16 overall from the field for her 21 points.  Thoens scored a career-high 18 points for Whitworth, while Moffat finished with 16 points and Cebula totaled 11, giving the Pirates four players in double figures.  Whitworth shot 45% (33-73) from the field, 49% (19-39) after halftime.  The Pirates were outrebounded 52-32, but handed out a season-high 21 assists and forced the Wildcats into 21 turnovers.

Zharian Maxmillion led LC with 12 points.  The Wildcats shot 42.5% (31-73) from the field.

Whitworth will return to action next Friday when the Pirates host Lewis-Clark State College in the Fieldhouse.