by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
NAMPA, Idaho – Northwest Nazarene forced 32 Whitworth turnovers en route to a 103-68 win over the Pirates on Tuesday afternoon.
The Nighthawks (10-0, 2-0 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) finished with 17 steals and scored 50 points off turnovers. Erin Jenkins led Northwest Nazarene with 18 points and Carly Parker dropped in another 17 for the Nighthawks, who were ranked seventh in the latest WBCA Division II Women's Basketball poll,
Camy Aguinaldo led all scorers with 20 points and also contributed 8 rebounds and 2 steals for the Pirates (6-3, 2-0 Northwest Conference).
The Nighthawk defense was excellent in the opening five minutes, forcing four Whitworth turnovers as Northwest Nazarene jumped out to a 14-0 lead. Five Nighthawks scored during the run.
Whitworth got its offense going over the latter half of the first quarter. Aguinaldo got the Bucs back within ten on a layup and three-pointer, though the Nighthawks pulled the lead back out to thirteen at the end of the period.
The Pirates continued to battle in the second quarter, cutting the lead to single digits (29-20) with two free throws from Aguinaldo. Northwest Nazarene responded with a 17-2 run that extended the advantage back out to 47-22. A jumper from Megan Dorney ended the run and the Pirates entered the break trailing 54-30.
Whitworth's offense got back on track after halftime, totaling up 24 points in the third quarter. Aguinaldo led the charge with 11 points during the period, and Courtney Gray contributed six more. Dorney and Madison Abbott both added baskets in the paint as well.
After finishing the third quarter with a 76-54 lead in spite of the Pirates impressive offense, Northwest Nazarene pulled away with a 27-14 fourth quarter to earn the win. Parker and Avery Albrecht each contributed six points for the Nighthawks.
Northwest Nazarene finished the game shooting 56 percent from the floor and 25 percent from three. Whitworth made 53 percent of its shots overall and 29 percent from beyond the arc.
The Pirates return to action Dec. 29 when they travel to Thousand Oaks, Calif. to take on William Smith.