FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Red-hot Pacific scorched the nets for a club record with 14 3-pointers on its way to a runaway 87-47 Northwest Conference victory over the Linfield Wildcats Tuesday night at Stoller Center.
The Boxers canned eight long bombs in the first half on their way to surpassing the single-game record of 13 threes set against Corban in 1994.
Erica Colter scored a game-high 16 points – all in the first half - as Pacific (5-0) remained unbeaten with the lopsided victory in the NWC opener for both clubs.
Gretchen Owens led Linfield with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting. The Wildcats senior forwrad added six rebounds, three assists and a steal. Freshman center Tyra Barawis netted eight points and three rebounds, but was assessed six turnovers, part of 20 Linfield miscues on the night.
Linfield found itself in a deep hole from the get-go, falling behind by seven points in the first five minutes and trailed by 20 at intermission.
Colter’s buzzer beater to end the half gave Pacific at 40-20 advantage. Colter sank 6-of-8 shots in the period to lead all scorers with 16 first-half points. She finished with four 3-pointers.
The Wildcats coughed up 10 turnovers in the first half to the Boxers’ three.
Pacific’s lead grew to as many as 42 in the second half as the Boxers outscored the Wildcats 47-34 down the stretch.
The Boxers owned the backboards, outrebounding the ‘Cats 42-33.
Alex Owen came off the bench to hit 3-of-4 shots from the field and finished with seven points, one assist and a steal in 12 minutes of action. Kaely Maltman (Sr., Sandy, Ore.), who entered the game averaging a Northwest Conference-best 18.2 points per game, was limited to five points and just one field goal.
Owens and Katelyn Henson (Jr., Camas, Wash.) each pulled in six rebounds.
Kandice McArthur, who converted four 3-pointers, scored 14 points, Heather Hitch and Erica Schultz each contributed 11, and Paige Jensen added 10 to complete a parade of five Boxers in double figures.
AHEAD: NWC play continues Saturday night at Ted Wilson Gym when the Wildcats (3-3, 0-1 NWC) host the Pacific Lutheran Lutes in a 6 p.m. contest.
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