by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
PARKLAND, Wash. – The Whitworth Pirates used a strong second quarter and a balanced offensive attack to pick up their first Northwest Conference win on Saturday evening.
The Pirates (4-2, 1-1 NWC) defeated the Pacific Lutheran Lutes (1-5, 0-2 NWC) 76-54 in Parkland to pick up their first road win of the year.
Camy Aguinaldo led the Pirates with 15 points and 10 assists, one of two Whitworth double-doubles. Madison Moffat had the other with 13 points and 12 rebounds. The pair were two of five Pirates who reached double-figure scoring.
The game started inauspiciously for the Pirates, who turned the ball over four times and allowed five offensive rebounds as the Lutes jumped out to an 11-7 lead in the first five minutes.
After a timeout, Whitworth got back into gear. The Bucs grabbed two offensive boards of their own and forced a Lute turnover, picking up a pair of transition baskets to regain their usual offensive form. Whitworth finished the first quarter with some momentum, though they trailed 17-16.
The Pirates used that momentum to regain the lead and begin to pull away in the second quarter. Leading 20-19, the Bucs used a pair of layups from Lexi Tinney, Aguinaldo, and Erika Kuehn in a 16-0 run that pushed the advantage to double-digits. Tinney would finish the game with 10 points and continued to give the Pirates a scoring threat off the bench.
At halftime, the Bucs led 39-27 on 55% shooting from the floor and 38% three-point shooting. They won the second quarter 23-10. Tinney and Moffat led the Bucs at the break with 8 points apiece.
The Lutes opened the third quarter on a 10-6 run after forcing a couple turnovers and grabbing multiple offensive rebounds. Whitworth was hamstrung on the glass at times by the loss of senior forward Chloe Quinnett, but Madison Abbott helped the Pirates weather the storm to stay in front of the Lutes in the quarter. They finished the period with a 54-42 lead.
Whitworth finished pulling away in the fourth quarter. They opened the period with a 7-0 run, keyed by a three from Madison Moffat and a jumper from Alli Kieckbusch. The run gave Whitworth more than enough breathing room to secure a win.
Grace Douglas, Kieckbusch, and Tinney each finished the game with 10 points. Madison Salisbury led the Lutes with 12.
The Pirates made 48% of their shots from the field and knocked down seven buckets from beyond the arc. Despite losing Quinnett and giving up several offensive rebounds in the first and third quarters, the Bucs finished with a 47-40 advantage on the glass.
Next up, the Pirates return home for the Red Lion River Inn Holiday Classic. Whitworth opens the tournament taking on Colorado College on Friday, Dec. 8.