by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Four Pirates scored in double figures to lead Whitworth to a 86-66 blowout victory over the Pacific (Ore.) Boxers on Friday evening.
The Pirates (8-11, 4-7 NWC) led for all but 19 seconds in the wire-to-wire win. Pacific fell to 3-16 overall and 2-9 in the Northwest Conference.
Camy Aguinaldo dropped in a game-high 21 points to go with 5 rebounds, and 3 assists for Whitworth. Jenee Brown led Pacific with 15 points and 3 rebounds.
Up 9-5, the Pirates broke the game open with a 9-0 run in the first quarter. Layups from Grace Douglas and Annie Estes opened the run, Erika Kuehn contributed a three, and Madison Moffat made a pair of free throws that pushed the advantage to 18-5. Whitworth would finish the period with a 23-11 lead.
The second quarter saw the Bucs secure their largest lead of the half (37-18) after a 7-0 run. A three-pointer from Shannon Tran started the spurt, which Kuehn and Alli Kieckbusch closed with layups. Pacific finished the half with five straight points and cut the deficit to thirteen (39-26).
At the break, the Pirates were shooting 47% from the floor and 31% on three-pointers. Whitworth held the Boxers to 29% shooting overall and 20% from beyond the arc, but Pacific took five more shots thanks to 12 offensive rebounds. Aguinaldo and Douglas led the Bucs in scoring with 7 points each.
Whitworth extended their lead in the third quarter. The Bucs doubled up Pacific 16-8 over the period's first 4:22 and maintained a 62-45 lead at the end of the third. Aguinaldo doubled her scoring with 7 points during the run.
The lead allowed head coach Helen Higgs to give the Whitworth starters extended breaks in the fourth quarter. Lexi Tinney took advantage of extra minutes off the bench with 5 points in the period. The sophomore narrowly missed scoring in double figures for the sixth time this season and finished with 9 points.
Moffat secured her 11th double double of the year with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Kuehn and Douglas joined her and Aguinaldo in double figures with 15 and 13 points respectively.
Whitworth shot 43% from the field and 32% from three. After giving up 12 offensive rebounds in the first half, the Pirates only allowed 3 in the second half and finished with a 41-38 lead on the glass.
The Boxers finished the game shooting 37% overall and 26% from beyond the arc. Pacific head coach Larry Davis received two technical fouls and was ejected with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Up next, the Pirates remain in Oregon to take on Lewis & Clark at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday evening.