Linfield Wildcats
February 16, 2017
Season heads into final weekend
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The 2016-17 season concludes without playoff implications for most of the Northwest Conference including the Linfield Wildcats 9-14 (3-11). Disappointed with recent struggles the ‘Cats can end the year on a high note if they can complete a pair of season sweeps against Pacific Lutheran 1-23 (0-15 NWC) and Willamette 12-11 (5-9 NWC). Despite not contenting for a playoff spot, Linfield will look to send off its four seniors with a pair of wins.
Live Audio:
For coverage of Friday's contest, listen to the Linfield Sports Network beginning at 5:45 p.m.
Live Video: PLU will supply live video coverage via Stretch Internet on Friday night. For coverage of Saturday's contest, tune into the Linfield Sports Network. Pregame starts at 3:45 p.m. with Joe Stuart handling the play-by-play. A special pre-game ceremony will honor the careers of the four Wildcat seniors.
The Matchup

The Lutes are wrapping up a historically bad season with just one win on the year (71-47 over Warner Pacific on December 8). PLU has lost 17 games in a row and is on the verge of a winless conference campaign. The Lutes rank last in the NWC in nearly every team statistical category. The last time these two clubs met back in January, the Lutes nearly overcame a 15-point deficit and battled the ‘Cats into the final minutes, but eventually fell 58-54 in Ted Wilson Gym. Linfield senior Dani Krier (Sr., Eugene, Ore.) headlined offensive production for Linfield with a game-high 19 points while hitting half of her shots from deep (4-8). Linfield has the tough task of traveling up Interstate-5 and playing in Tacoma on the same day, only to return to McMinnville following the conclusion of the game. Despite struggling to finish games as a unit, the Wildcats have seen terrific individual performances from Annalise Beshears (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.), Audrey McMillian and Paige Graham (Jr., Scio, Ore.). Graham is coming off of an 18-point night in a loss to George Fox. 
The Hot Take
No game is a given in the Northwest Conference and the Wildcats can't take the Lutes for granted. PLU showed it can come back from a large deficit and battle to the final buzzer. Linfield is still struggling with turnovers as a team and needs to be certain to limit them against a tenacious group of PLU guards. If Linfield can find the groove it had against George Fox early on, the ‘Cats should roll in Tacoma. Lacey Nicholson will likely have a big night as the in-between guard/forward for the Lutes, spelling a tough matchup for the Wildcats. Regardless of records, this game seems to have no clear advantage for either team. One losing streak will come to an end Friday night.
The Matchup

Willamette has shown that its young core of talent can certainly make a splash in the future. The Bearcats are not in a position to clinch a playoff spot thanks to a four-game losing streak in the heart of the NWC season. As of late, Willamette is playing some of the best basketball in the conference. After crushing PLU and only falling to Puget Sound by 10 points, the Bearcats took down Lewis & Clark by 10 and nearly upset George Fox in Newberg last weekend. Kylie Towry leads the team by scoring just under 12 points per night, she scored 13 points in the previous meeting against Linfield (a 73-55 Wildcats win). Audrey McMillian shined brightest in the January matchup, scoring a game-high 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting and also collecting six rebounds. 
The Hot Take
This game is all about the seniors. Linfield bids farewell to a quartet of four-year players in Quincey Gibson (Sr., Issaquah, Wash.), Riley Graham (Sr., Scio, Ore.), Dani Krier (Sr., Eugene, Ore.) and Annalise Beshears (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.). The fab four endured a coaching change at the mid-way point of their careers but stuck with the program and helped the new coaching leadership develop a bright future for Linfield women's basketball. Gibson finishes near program records for minutes played and three-point buckets. Graham, a solid defender saw time in the starting lineup or served as the team's first player off the bench, always rose to the occasion no matter the situation and gave her best effort. Krier leads the team in scoring this season and has been the go-to threat for the ‘Cats all season long. She will likely finish as Linfield's career leader in both three-point percentage and free throw percentage. Beshears took her game to a new level with great footwork and extraordinary effort in the low post for the ‘Cats. Her ability to finish on the low block this season has made her an important contributor to the team.
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