Strong First Half Pushes Bucs Past Wolves

Strong First Half Pushes Bucs Past Wolves

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

SPOKANE, Wash. – An 18-0 first quarter run gave the Whitworth Pirates plenty of cushion in a dominant 73-54 win over the Walla Walla Wolves in Tuesday evening's non-conference matchup. 

The Pirates (2-1) forced 22 turnovers and gave up the ball just 11 times to earn the win. The Wolves lost despite getting a game-high 24 points from Aaliyah Anderson. 

Talia Brandner led the Pirates in scoring with 11 points, 9 of which came on threes where she shot a perfect 3-3 from beyond the arc. Camy Aguinaldo joined Brandner in double figures with 10 points. Lexi Tinney led Whitworth's defensive effort with three steals. 

The Wolves dominated the game's early minutes, jumping out to a 14-5 lead on baskets from four different Wolves. Anderson led the way for Walla Walla with six points during the run.

Whitworth righted the ship after a timeout, outscoring the Wolves 18-0 for the remaining five minutes of the first quarter. Five Pirates scored during the run, which was keyed by two three-pointers from Aguinaldo. Brandner assisted on both of Aguinaldo's treys.  

The Pirates continued their strong play in the second quarter. After slowing extending their lead to 35-23 in the first three minutes of the quarter, a 7-0 run pushed the advantage out to 19. A three-pointer from Jordan Smith opened the run, which Brander and Dorney each contributed jumpers to as well. 

After finishing the half with a 46-30 lead, Whitworth coasted to victory in the second half. Brandner scored 9 of her 11 points in the final two quarters and Morgan Winder added five points of her own.

The Pirates finished the game shooting 40 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc. Walla Walla also shot 40 percent overall, but went just 5-18 (28%) from three. Whitworth outrebounded Walla Walla 37-36.

Nine Pirates scored at least 5 points in the win and 11 Bucs scored in total.  Madison Moffat led Whitworth on the glass with six rebounds and five Pirates tied for the team lead with three assists. 

Whitworth returns to action after Thanksgiving. The Pirates host McMurry at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25.