by Kelsey Segren, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – Quincy McDeid scored 26 points and shot 6-7 from beyond the arc to lead the Whitworth women's basketball team to a 68-65 win over the visiting Concordia (Tex.) Tornados in the final match of the 2019 Whit Classic.
Payton Berger scored 16 points for the Tornados (0-2). Kaycie Dunkerly finished with 12 points, while Havyn Perez and Natalie Velardez each tallied 11.
Whitworth struggled to score in the first quarter, shooting 20% (2-10) from the floor. Concordia took a 19-9 lead into the second on 29.4% (5-17) shooting.
The Bucs kept the Tornados in reach in the second on 46.2% (6-13) shooting and went 42.9% (3-7) from three-point range. Smith knocked in a three for the Pirates to close the second quarter. The Tornados led 38-28 going into the break.
The Pirates had 17 turnovers over the first two quarters.
The Bucs outscored the Tornados 29-20 on 52.9% (9-17) shooting in the third. McDeid led the charge with 14 points in the quarter, going 4-5 from beyond the arc. McDeid's three with 30 seconds remaining in the third pulled the Pirates within four. Abbott made three Pirate free throws to end the quarter trailing the Tornados by one.
In a tight fourth quarter, the Bucs took the 66-64 lead with 01:51 remaining thanks to a pair of McDeid free throws. Berger made one of two free throws for Concordia to pull back within one with 01:14 remaining. The Bucs went 0-4 on free throws and the Tornados went 0-2 over the next minute before McDeid closed out the contest with two more made free throws in the final four seconds to seal the 68-65 comeback victory for Whitworth.
McDeid scored nine of the Pirates 11 points in the fourth quarter, shooting 6-6 from the free throw line.
Whitworth shot 40.9% (18-44) from the floor and 42.9% (9-21) from three-point range on the game. Concordia finished 34.4% (21-61) from the floor and 26.7% (8-30) from beyond the arc. The Pirates finished with a 44-31 advantage in rebounds.
The Pirates return to action on Friday, Nov. 22 to face Eastern Oregon in an exhibition game.