Pirates Set To Host Warner Pacific, Travel to Lewis-Clark State

The Whitworth women's basketball team hosts Warner Pacific College on Friday before traveling to play Lewis-Clark State College on Sunday.

The Pirates will take on Warner Pacific at 7:00 pm on Friday in Whitworth Fieldhouse. Live stats will be available for the game.

The Bucs take on Lewis-Clark State at 2:00 pm on Sunday in Lewiston, Idaho. Live stats, audio and video will be available for that game as well.

Free Admission on Friday: There will be free admission to the women's basketball game against Warner Pacific on Friday in Whitworth Fieldhouse.

The Pirates: Whitworth returns to action this weekend after having some time off after hosting Puget Sound and traveling to Eastern Oregon.

On Saturday, December 8th, the Pirates defeated Puget Sound, 72-59, in Whitworth Fieldhouse. Senior Lauren Picha finished the night with 18 points on 6-9 three-point field goal shooting. As a team, the Bucs shot 44.1 percent from beyond the arc, hitting 15 threes in the game.

On Sunday, December 9th, the Pirates traveled to La Grande, Oregon where they dropped a 76-61 contest against Eastern Oregon. Despite getting 10 points from Emily Guthrie and eight rebounds from Kayla Johnson, the Pirates turned the ball over 20 times, which lead to 20 EOU points.

Pirate Leaders:  Whitworth is led by freshman guard KC McConnell, who is averaging 10.2 points per game for the Bucs, and senior guard Emily Guthrie, who averages 5.3 rebounds per game. Junior forward Kendra Lahue is second in the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 9.4 points per contest and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Senior guard Lauren Picha leads the team with 2.9 assists per game, while redshirt junior guard Emily Travis averages 2.2 assists per contest. Junior forward Jamie Lyons leads the team with 1.8 steals per game, while Guthrie is second with 1.7 steals per contest and McConnell is third with 1.6. Guthrie also averages 0.4 blocked shots per game.

The Knights: Warner Pacific enters Friday's game with a 7-6 record and are 3-2 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play. The Knights carry a two-game winning streak into Friday's game after defeating Oregon Tech and Southern Oregon University on December 21st and 22nd.

The Knights are led by Chelsey Christensen, who averages 19.9 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game. Tori Carroll is second on the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 10.5 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game. Nichole Jackson is averaging 9.1 assists per game for the Knights while Chelsey Christensen averages 1.5 steals per game.

The Pirates own the lone series win, defeating Warner Pacific 75-54 during the 1989-90 season. Warner Pacific has already played four NWC teams this season, losing to Lewis & Clark, George Fox and Whitman, and defeating Pacific Lutheran.

The Warriors: Lewis-Clark State College enters this weekend with a 3-12 record overall and 0-2 record in Frontier Conference play. In their last game, the Warriors lost 60-55 to Montana Tech on December 22nd.

Lewis-Clark State is led by Annie Kane, who averages 13.9 points per game, and Tanis Fuller, who averages 6.3 rebounds per contest. Kane averages 2.1 assists per game to lead the Warriors, and Fuller averages 1.6 steals per game for LCSC.

The last time Whitworth played the Warriors was on December 17, 2011, when the Pirates fell 79-72 in Whitworth Fieldhouse. This weekend's contest is the 48th series meeting and Lewis-Clark State holds a 36-11 all-time record against the Bucs, and the Warriors have won the last five contests against the Pirates.

The Warriors played another NWC team this season, defeating Willamette in early December.

NWC Leaders: Whitworth features four players that are among the top five in several statistical categories in the Northwest Conference.

KC McConnell's 60.7 three-point field goal percentage is the best in the NWC.  Lauren Picha (50.0 percent) and Katara Belton-Sharp (47.4 percent) also rank in the top five for their three-point field goal percentages.  McConnell's 60.7 field goal percentage also ranks among the top five among conference players. Picha (2.9) and Emily Travis (2.2) lead the NWC in the assist-to-turnover ratio.

Whitworth For Three: In seven games this season, the Pirates have made 88 three-point field goals, while their opponents have made 21. The Bucs average 9.6 three-pointers per game, while their opponents average 2.3. Emily Guthrie and Lauren Picha lead the team with 14 three-pointers apiece.

Triple Digits: In the win over Colorado College on November 30, Whitworth broke into triple digits for the second time this season and the third time in its history. In the 102-40 win, freshman Faith Emerson sank a pair of free throws with 1:25 remaining in the game to get the Bucs past the 100-point barrier. In the November 24th win over Caltech, the Pirates scored 105 points, which set a new record for most points scored in a game. This season is the first time that Whitworth has scored over 100 points in multiple games.

Three SWX Broadcasts: Local cable station SWX will carry three Whitworth women's games live this season. The Dec. 8 contest against Puget Sound featured play-by-play from Sam Adams and color commentary from Greg Hannan. In the other two broadcasts (Jan. 18 vs. Willamette and Feb. 1 vs. Lewis & Clark), John Fritz will provide play by play, while former Gonzaga star and NBA player Dan Dickau provides color commentary. SWX stands for Sports & Weather Right Now and is owned by local NBC affiliate KHQ channel 6. SWX can be seen both over-the-air and through some cable services in the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene, Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, and Yakima viewership areas. In the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene area, SWX is found on digital channel 6.2, on Comcast channel 115 in Spokane and Time Warner channel 306 in North Idaho.

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.

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