Pirates Set To Host Colorado College and PLU
Whitworth returns to the Fieldhouse to host its first pair of home games this season.
On Friday, November 30, the Pirates will take on Colorado College at 6:00 p.m. before facing Pacific Lutheran at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Between the men's and women's games on Saturday, Whitman College will be playing Colorado College in Whitworth Fieldhouse. Live stats will also be available for that game.
The Pirates: Whitworth plays its first home games of the season after traveling to Texas and California where the Pirates went 4-1.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Bucs played in the Caltech/Occidental Thanksgiving Classic, defeating the defending SCIAC champion Occidental, 67-62, on November 23rd. Junior forward Kendra Lahue had a career night, recording her first double-double by scoring a career-high 20 points and grabbing a career-high 11 rebounds.
On Saturday, November 24th, the Pirates set new school records in their 105-26 victory over Caltech. Freshman guard KC McConnell scored 11 points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds on the way to her first career double-double. Whitworth had 20 steals in the game, and scored 45 points off of turnovers. The Bucs also had 32 assists on 42 made baskets.
Cal Lutheran handed Whitworth the first loss of the season on Monday, November 26th as the Pirates fell 75-60 in Thousand Oaks. Despite getting a new career-high 20 points from KC McConnell, the Bucs could not overcome committing 15 turnovers and shooting just under 34 percent from the field.
Leaderboard: Whitworth has had several players have career nights in the first five games. Four Pirates have set new career highs in points, rebounds and both.
Kendra Lahue leads the team with 11.6 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game. KC McConnell is second on the team, averaging 10.2 points per game, and is tied with senior Emily Guthrie for second in rebounding, with each player pulling down 5.4 boards. Senior Lauren Picha's 46.2 three-point percentage ranks among the top five in the Northwest Conference.
Emily Guthrie is dishing out an average of 2.6 assists per game to lead the team, while Lauren Picha is averaging 2.0 assists per game. Guthrie and McConnell lead the team with 1.8 steals per game, while Guthrie and junior Bethany Fleming have each blocked three shots on the season.
The Tigers: Colorado College enters Friday's game with an overall record of 0-5 and will play its first road game when the Tigers come to Whitworth Fieldhouse.
Colorado College is led by Marissa Gradoz, who is averaging 11.6 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game for the Tigers. Gradoz' rebounding average ranks her fifth in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, while her points per game ranks her 12th in the conference. Sarah Gunkel averages 8.4 rebounds per game, which puts her sixth in the conference in rebounding. Courtney Tyus averages 4.4 assists per game and 3.6 steals per game for Colorado College. Tyus is second in both categories among SCAC players.
The last time Whitworth faced Colorado College was on November 28, 2009, when the Pirates defeated the Tigers 76-73 in Colorado Springs. The Bucs hold a 3-0 all-time record against Colorado College, with all three victories coming during Coach Higgs' tenure.
The Lutes: Pacific Lutheran is 0-1 this season, after the Lutes dropped their season opener at Western Oregon. PLU host Warner Pacific on Tuesday before traveling to Whitman for a game on Friday and then heading to Whitworth for Saturday's game.
Samantha Potter leads the Lutes after scoring 20 points in the season opener. Andi Adams grabbed six boards and Kara Sherman grabbed five rebounds for PLU. Sherman, Potter, Adams and Chrissy Swope each had two steals against Western Oregon. Sherman dished out six assists, while Megan Abdo and Austin Schorno had five and four assists, respectively.
Last season the Pirates split the series with the Lutes, winning 80-67 in Tacoma and falling 87-83 at home in overtime. Pacific Lutheran holds a 33-25 record against the Pirates, dating back to the 1980-81 season.
Breaking Records: In Whitworth's win over Caltech on Saturday, the Pirates set two new school records. In the 105-26 victory, the Bucs bettered the previous record for most points scored in a game (previously 101 vs. Caltech 2003-04) and the largest margin of victory, which was also previously set in the Caltech game from 2003-04.
Whitworth For Three: In five games this season, the Pirates have made 42 three-point field goals, while their opponents have made nine. The Bucs average 8.4 three-pointers per game, while their opponents average 1.8. KC McConnell leads the team with eight made three-pointers. Emily Guthrie is second with seven made threes, after sinking five against Texas Lutheran on November 16th.
The Coach: Now in her 19th season at Whitworth University, Helen Higgs is the winningest and longest serving women's basketball coach in school history. Not only does she have a record of 263-192 heading into the 2012-13 season, the most wins in school history, her winning percentage of .578 is also the best all-time among Pirate women's basketball coaches. Since becoming members of the NCAA in 1999, Higgs put together the best stretch of records in school history. Whitworth went 124-53 (.700) in the seven seasons from 1999-2005.
Next Up: Whitworth will take on Puget Sound at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8th in the Whitworth Fieldhouse before traveling to La Grande, Ore. to face Eastern Oregon at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9th.