FOREST GROVE, Ore. - A hot start along with a double-double from Chrissy Baumgartner proved to be the recipe for success for Linfield Friday evening at the Stoller Center, as the ‘Cats upended Pacific 73-37.
Linfield (8-5, 3-2 NWC) came out of the gates on a mission, jumping out to a quick 20-3 lead to open the game. Leading 4-3, the Wildcats rolled off 16-straight points, leaving Pacific (5-9, 1-3 NWC) facing an insurmountable deficit.
Baumgartner and Gretchen Owens sparked the Wildcats early, combining for 10 of Linfield’s 16 points during the spurt.
Owens paced the Wildcats with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting. With Owens creating havoc on the perimeter, Baumgartner controlled the paint to the tune of 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Leading by as many as 18 in the first half, Linfield had its lead trimmed under 10 once the rest of the way. An Annette Highley 3-pointer at the 8:29 mark of the first half cut the Linfield lead to 27-18.
The ‘Cats answered Highley’s score with back-to-back triples from Brynna Fuller and Baumgartner. Linfield shot the ball well from the perimeter throughout the game, knocking down 10 shots from beyond the arc.
While making 51.7 percent of their shots in the first half, the Wildcats rolled into halftime with a 41-23 advantage.
Coming out of the break the ‘Cats dialed up their effort at the defensive end of the floor, holding the Boxers to just 14 points in the second half. Pacific shot 29.8 percent on the night.
Linfield held Pacific to two points over the first 10 minutes of the second half. By the time the Boxers scored their second basket of the half, the Wildcats had staked themselves to a 59-26 lead.
Along with Owens and Baumgartner, the Wildcats received a great performance from Kaely Maltman (Sr., Sandy, Ore.). Maltman scored 13 points on an efficient 5-of-8 shooting.
NEXT: Linfield returns to action Saturday for a 6 p.m. home contest against visiting Puget Sound.
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