WALLA, WALLA, Wash. - The Whitworth Pirates used a twelve-point fourth quarter run and 16 points from Madison Moffat to earn a gritty, 60-52 win over the Colorado College Tigers in both teams' final game at the Kim Evanger Raney Classic.
Neither the Pirates (6-2, 2-0 NWC) or the Tigers (3-5) shot high percentages, but the Pirates made key baskets to pull out the victory. Whitworth finished the game shooting 29 percent from the floor and 12 percent from three, while Colorado College made 32 percent of their shots overall and 15 percent from beyond the arc.
The first quarter saw the two teams battle back and forth, with neither able to take more than a three-point lead. Aguinaldo led the Bucs in the quarter with 7 points and Whitworth ended the period with a 16-15 advantage.
The Pirates were able to take a more substantive lead in the second quarter. With the game tied at 18-18, the Bucs made a 7-0 run and ended the half up 25-20. Aguinaldo opened the run with a layup before Brandner splashed a three to put the Pirates up by five. A layup from Moffat closed the run with the Bucs up 25-18.
Colorado College countered with a run of their own after the break. Jordan Metzger and Mia Duplain each scored 4 points in an 11-2 spurt that knotted the game at 33 with 3:52 remaining in the third quarter. Two free throws from Jade Odom ended the quarter with the Tigers leading 40-35.
The Pirates used a 5-0 run to tie the game early in the fourth quarter, but Colorado College responded with a 7-0 spurt to take a 47-40 lead with 6:40 remaining.
After a timeout, the Bucs fired right back, using a 12-0 run to retake the lead. Brandner and Alli Kieckbusch earned and made two free throws each to cut the deficit to just three. Then, Brandner bookended a layup from Megan Dorney by raining in a pair of threes to give the Bucs a 52-47 lead.
Colorado College was able to tie the game at 52 after a free throw and two layups from Casey Torbet, but the Pirates held the Tigers scoreless over the final 2:27 to earn the win. Whitworth closed on an 8-0 run with four points coming from Moffat.
Odom led the Tigers offensively with 13 points. Metzger (11 pts) and McKenzee Gertz (10 pts) joined Odom in double figures. Gertz also pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds.
After taking a week to focus on their final exams, the Pirates will be back in action on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at Northwest Nazarene.
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