Pirate Women Look to Continue Fast Start

Pirate Women Look to Continue Fast Start

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

SPOKANE, Wash. – After their first 2-0 start in three years, Whitworth women's basketball hits the road this week to take on Lewis-Clark State and Evergreen State.

The Pirates take on the Warriors Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 5:00 p.m, and battle the Geoducks Friday, Nov. 24 at 4:00 p.m. Friday's game will be played at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.

Fans can keep up with Wednesday's game with live statistics or a live video stream. Friday's live stats and video are available through Whitman's website.

The Pirates: Whitworth (2-0) opened their season with an 87-59 victory over Whittier College. Grace Douglas led the Pirates with 21 points, making 4-7 shots from three-point-range. As a team, Whitworth shot 50% from behind the arc and totaled up 20 assists. Erika Keuhn dropped in 16 points with 3 assists and 3 rebounds. 

The Pirates continued their winning ways on Saturday afternoon, beating La Verne 95-73. Camy Aguinaldo led the way with 17 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds, nearly overshadowing an equally impressive game from Madison Moffat. The sophomore wing led the Pirates in scoring and rebounding with 23 points and 13 boards.

The Opponents: Lewis-Clark State returns five women from a team which made the NAIA National Championship game last season. The experience looks to be paying off as the Warriors are the second-ranked NAIA team in the nation and jumped out to a 5-1 start this season. They're led by Lauren Johnson, who averages 13.5 points per game on 44% shooting from three-point-range. Four Warriors currently average double-figure scoring.

Evergreen State College hasn't played an official game in its 2017-18 campaign. The Geoducks fell 77-72 in an exhibition to Division II Saint Martin's. Cherish Moss led the team with 21 points and Jahpera McEachin had 5 assists. The Geoducks most recently played Tacoma Community College and Green River Community College in scrimmages, but scores are not publicly available.

Green Light Grace: As far as Whitworth fans are concerned, Grace Douglas can fire away as much as she wants from behind the arc. The senior guard led the Pirates in three-point shooting last season by making 39% of her shots from downtown. This season, Douglas is shooting 58% from three-point-range.

Speed Kills: Freshman point guard Camy Aguinaldo is ready to establish herself as one of the best facilitators in the Northwest Conference. In her first two collegiate games, Aguinaldo nearly averaged a triple double with 12.5 points, 8.5 assists, and 8 rebounds per game. 

High Motor Madi: Madison Moffat established herself as one of the NWC's top rebounders last season when she averaged 7.7 per game. Her 3.3 offensive boards per game were third-best in the NWC. This season, Moffat is averaging 11 rebounds per game.

Looking Ahead: Whitworth hits the road to open December, kicking off Northwest Conference play with games at Puget Sound (Dec. 1) and Pacific Lutheran (Dec. 2). 

The Coach: Heading into her 24th season at Whitworth University, Helen Higgs is the winningest and longest serving women's basketball coach in school history. She has a record of 351-238 heading into the 2017-18 season, the most wins in school history. Her winning percentage of .595 is also the best all-time among Pirate women's basketball coaches. Since becoming members of the NCAA in 1999, Higgs has put together the two best stretches of records in school history. Whitworth went 124-53 (.700) in the seven seasons from 1999-2005 and the Pirates were 78-31 (.715) over four years from 2013-2016.  Higgs currently ranks among the top 50 in all of NCAA Division III for total number of victories by active coaches.