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Men’s basketball ends season on high note

The men’s basketball team finished just as the women’s team did. They won two of three games with both of their wins coming in front of their home crowd.

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Freshman Tanner Brill (4) launches up to shoot two of the 70 points that the Wildcats scored against Willamette University.
Spencer Beck/Staff photographer

They started their final week against Willamette University, winning by seven with the final score of 70-63.

Their defence held all but one Willamette player to single digit scoring.

Freshman Tanner Brill was the player to watch in this game, scoring 20 points and dishing out five assists.

Freshman Jackson Gion had a great game from beyond the arch, cashing in 50 percent of his shots from three and scoring 14 on the game.

Linfield shot right around the 50 percent mark as a team from both the field and the three point line, while holding Willamette players to only 35 percent from the field.

The men’s second game of the week was an away game against Pacific University where they lost 81-55.

The game was a story of poor defence on Linfield’s part, as they allowed Pacific to shoot over 50 percent from the field.

Pacific center Daniel Zitani had a great game, scoring 28 on Linfield and adding 11 rebounds.

Linfield scorers barely made it out of single digits, with only two players scoring 10 points and no one grabbing more than four rebounds.

Linfield knew they had to come out and preform in their next game against Pacific Lutheran to make up for the game against Pacific, and that they did.

They came out with what seemed like something to prove, outscoring the Lutes by 15 in the first half alone.

They passed the ball effectively throughout the game, having an assist come from 15 of their 26 scores, and they absolutely dominated the glass by pulling down 43 rebounds.

Junior Chris Dirks had a great game coming off the bench, scoring 16 points to go along with his 10 rebounds and two assists.

Senior Cory Hendryx also had an impressive game, scoring 14 and shooting 5-8 from the field.

Linfield went on to win the game 67-47, ending their season nicely.

Although the team struggled for the majority of the year, they expect this great finish to carry over into next season and bring them a few more wins.


Drew Mahrt/Senior Sports reporter


Women’s basketball ends with double win

Although their season wasn’t anything spectacular, the Linfield women’s basketball team finished their season strong by winning two of their last three games.

The women started their week off with a win against Willamette, defeating them 83-53 on Linfields home court.

Junior Taylor Solomon and senior Kaely Maltman both had big games in this win, combining for a total of 38 points.

Maltman was a huge factor on the boards and came close to recording a triple double, snatching up 21 rebounds to go along with her 18 points and seven assists.

Linfield really got loose in the second half. After being up by four going into the locker rooms at halftime, they decided that wasn’t enough and went all didn’t hold anything back. They scored 52 points in the second half of the game while holding Willamette University to only 26.

The team dominated in almost every category and shot and amazing 54 percent as a team from the field.

Linfield couldn’t repeat in their next game against pacific, losing 74-73, but made sure to end their season with a bang with a win against Pacific Lutheran University.

The women put on another dominating display by defeating the Lutes 92-68. Solomon was the high scorer again in this one, shooting 7-15 from the field and making 10 of her 12 free throw attempts.

Maltman came close to a triple double again, putting up 13 points, 11 boards, and eight assists.

Quincey Gibson also had a big game, scoring 20 points and making 4-5 shots from range.

Linfield boosted themselves into sixth place with these final two wins, passing Pacific and Pacific Lutheran in the standings.

The team was very pleased with their finish to the season and will hope to carry this momentum into the 2014-15 season.

Drew Mahrt/Senior Sports Reporter


Freshman Riley Graham (5) moves the ball across the court during the game against Willamette University.

Spencer Beck/Staff photographer

Basketball falls short at away games

While the women’s basketball team had 11 games scheduled for January term, they only got to play nine of them, as an unexpected intruder prevented the last two from happening.

Generally, one doesn’t think of basketball as a sport that can be canceled due to weather, but the McMinnville snow storm changed that.

The inclement weather prevented the Linfield basketball team from making their trip to Portland to take on Lewis and Clark College on Feb. 7, and stopped the incoming traffic of Willamette University on Feb. 8.

The rest of January term went smoothly, however. All games were played and the women’s basketball team played the best they could.

The came away with a 2-7 record during Jan term, and stand at 7-15 with three games left to go.

Their next game will be played against Willamette. That game will be played at 6 p.m. on Feb. 18 in the Ted Wilson Gym.

The mens team ran into the same problem on the snowy weekend in February, having two games canceled due to weather as well.

Much like the women’s team, their games against Lewis and Clark and Willamette were canceled.

With the games they did play, the team pulled out one win, leaving them with a 1-7 record in Jan term and a 3-19 record for the season.

They also have three games remaining to attempt to boost their record before the season comes to a close. Their next game will be played again Willamette at 8 p.m., directly after the women’s game is played. This is on Feb. 18 at home.

Both the men and women’s team also have their final game of the year at home on Feb. 22, when they will be taking on Pacific Lutheran University. The women play at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m..

Drew Mahrt/Senor sports reporter


Women’s basketball fights in away games

The Linfield women’s basketball team met Cal Lutheran and Wheaton College in Newberg for their first two games of the season. While they lost both, they still played well and showed promise for the rest of the season.

Linfield’s first game ended in a 74-57 loss to Wheaton College. The loss looks bad on paper, but the team showed tremendous improvement throughout the game. They were outscored by 17 in the first half, but managed to keep it even in the second.

Senior forward Kaeley Maltman was the high point getter for the Wildcats, as she put up 21 points and added 7 rebounds. She also recorded two blocks, three steals, and one assist.

Junior center Katelyn Henson was the one pulling down all of the boards, adding up 10 total rebounds.

Linfield made 37.5% of their shots, with the majority of their misses coming from the late minutes of the first half. They also shot 65% from the free throw line and 16.7% from beyond the arch.

Linfield lost 69-61 in their game against Cal Lutheran, but showed improvement from first half to second. Just like the first game, they were outscored significantly in the first half. But they came out firing in the second outscoring their opponent by nine.

Maltman and Henson were the stars of the game again, combining for 37 points and 18 rebounds.

Freshman guard Riley Graham also had a solid game, scoring nine and dishing out two assists. She also pulled down five rebounds during her 35 minutes on the floor.

The Wildcats will play Corban College and Evergreen State College next. They will first take on Corban at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20, here in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium, followed by Evergreen at 6 p.m. on Nov. 22. That game will also be played at home.

They hope to find a way to play like they have in the second half of their first two games and bounce back for two wins.

Drew Mahrt/Senior sports reporter



’Cats come back with a win at weekend games


Freshman guard Ryan Potter (21) looks to pass the ball during the first half of the Bon Appetite Classic against State University of New York (SUNY) at Old Westbury. Potter had eight points that night. SUNY Old Westbury defeated the Wildcats 73-62.
Tyson Takeuchi/Senior sports photographer

The Linfield men’s basketball team brought home their first win of the season in the Bon Appetit Classic against Portland Bible College on Nov. 17, winning 82-63. They had double digit scoring coming from four different players and barely every missed their free throws, shooting 88 percent from the line.

Freshmen guards Jackson Goin and Ryan Potter were the high point getters for Linfield in the game, with Goin scoring 16 and Potter right behind at 15.

Every single one of Potter’s points came from deep, as he made five three-pointers in the game.

As a team, Linfield shot 42.2 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from the line. They pulled in a total of 42 rebounds and were dropping dimes with 16 assists.

Senior guard Ryan Cali was the leader in those two categories, grabbing seven boards, especially impressive due to him being tied for shortest player on the team, and passing for three assists. Cali also went 6-6 from the charity stripe, increasing his season free throw average to 89 percent.

The Wildcat defense was all over the place, forcing Portland Bible to give up 14 turnovers and only allowing them to shoot 33 percent in the second half. They also had the arch locked down, holding Portland Bible to 15 percent shooting from three-point in the second.

While they did get their first win, they also took their first loss against State University of New York at Old Westbury. They just couldn’t seem to get things going in the first half, and while they kept up with Old Westbury in the second, they were just too far behind to catch up.

Goin was again the high scorer in the game with 17, and also pulled in six rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to secure the win. It was the speed and agility of Old Westbury’s 6’6” senior guard Tyrik Tucker which got the best of Linfield, scoring Basketball125 and knocking down 10 of 12 free throws.

Linfield will take on UC-Santa Cruz at 3 p.m. on Nov. 22 in Santa Cruz California during their first game in the UC-Santa Cruz Classic.

Their second game on Nov. 23 will be decided based on their standings after that game.

The Wildcats have quite a long wait until they get to play at home again, with their next home game being on Jan. 11 against Lewis & Clark.

Drew Mahrt/Senior sports reporter