by Brandon Loiler, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – In a Northwest Conference matchup on Saturday, the Whitworth women's basketball team held on to take down Linfield 68-65 at the Whitworth Fieldhouse.
Midway through the second quarter, Callie Harwood hit a shot from close range to give the Pirates an 18-16 advantage. Whitworth would not see the low end of the scoreboard for the remainder of the game. The Pirates stretched their lead to eight on a layup from Lexi Tinney with 40 seconds left in the half. At the buzzer, Linfield's Quincey Gibson took a three-pointer from the left wing that hit the rim and bounced up and in to take a 31-26 score into the locker room.
A back and forth shooting contest to start the second half left Whitworth up five (35-30) with two scores from Wildcat' forward Molly Danielson and buckets from Madison Moffat and an and-one from Grace Douglas. Madison Moffat would add four more points before the third quarter media timeout, followed by another layup by Madison Tudor to give the Pirates their largest lead of the game, 48-35. Quincey Gibson and Riley Graham cut Whitworth's lead to eight before a Grace Douglas layup put Linfield back at a double-digit deficit.
Gibson, who finished with tied for team-high with 16 points, cut the Pirates' lead to eight (50-42) with an early jumper in the fourth quarter. Callie Harwood would quickly answer with two jump shots of her own to give Whitworth another 12-point lead. With the Wildcats playing the foul game, Jessica Thoens was sent to the line three times in the final two minutes where she went 5-6 to help the Pirates hold on to their second win of the weekend.
Madison Moffat led all scorers with a career-high 19 points on 6-7 shooting (6-10 FT). Jessica Thoens added 10 more points and Erika Kuehn and Callie Harwood scored nine apiece. Quincey Gibson and Molly Danielson led Linfield with 16 points each on a combined 12-23 shooting. The Pirates shot 44.4% from the floor (24-54) and the Wildcats converted 47.2% of their attempts (25-53).
Whitworth's Chloe Quinnett and Linfield's Molly Danielson finished with 11 boards to lead their times in that category.
The Whitworth women's basketball team will stay at home for another weekend to face Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran Friday and Saturday night at the Whitworth Fieldhouse.