by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – Camy Aguinaldo and Madison Moffat led the Whitworth Pirates to a 95-73 victory over the La Verne Leopards in the finale of the Ramada Inn at Spokane Airport Whit Classic on Saturday evening.
The Pirates open the 2017-18 season 2-0, their first such start since the 2014-15 campaign. The Leopards fall to 0-2.
La Verne forced nine turnovers in the first 6:13 of the game and spent the majority of the first quarter in the lead. With 3:47 left in the quarter, the Leopards led 14-7. Whitworth finished the quarter on a 16-4 run thanks to four points, two assists, and a steal from Aguinaldo to retake the lead 23-18 by the end of the period.
The Leopards battled and re-tied the game 28-28 with 5:31 left in the second quarter, but then the Pirates pulled away. Erika Kuehn dropped in four points and Madison Abbott added four more as Whitworth went on a 12-0 run to essentially put the game away. The Pirates entered halftime with a 45-31 lead.
Lexi Tinney led the Pirates in the third quarter. The sophomore wing led Whitworth on both sides of the ball in a personal 9-0 run. Tinney picked up two steals during the run and extended an already large Whitworth lead from 22 to 31.
La Verne cut the Pirate lead to 22 in the fourth quarter, but Whitworth held on to a comfortable 22-point victory.
Aguinaldo finished the game with a double-double, totaling up 17 points and 11 assists along with 8 rebounds. Moffat led the Pirates with 23 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double of her own as well.
Whitworth shot 44% from the field and 34% from three. The Pirates made 13-16 free throws. Tinney scored a career-high 18 points to go with 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Keuhn and Grace Douglas combined for 21 points.
Up next, the Pirates take their high-powered offense to Lewiston, Idaho to take on Lewis-Clark State on Wednesday, Nov. 22.
Game 3: Whitman 64, Whittier 52
Whitman defeated Whittier in a defensive slugfest in the third game of the Ramanda at the Spokane Airport Whit Classic.
Whitman moved to 2-1 on the season, while Whittier fell to 0-2
Makana Stone picked up her second double-double in two days with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Kaelan Shamseldin poured in six shots from beyond the arc on the way to 23 points.
Emily Guerena dominated the post en route to 12 points, and Teani White and Mia Maginte scored 11 each for the Poets
Ramanda at the Spokane Airport Whit Classic All-Tournament Team
MVP – Grace Douglas, Whitworth
Camy Aguinaldo, Whitworth
Makana Stone, Whitman
Emilee Dy, Whittier
Clarissa Perez, La Verne