McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Gretchen Owens and Kaely Maltman (Sr., Sandy, Ore.) combined for 37 points and 13 rebounds, leading the Linfield Wildcats to a 69-62 nonconference victory over Concordia of Portland Wednesday night at Ted Wilson Gymnasium.
The Wildcats won for the fifth time in eight games this season while dropping the visiting Cavaliers to 3-7.
A second-half surge spanning a 2½ minute stretch, highlighted by two clutch baskets from Maltman and a pair of free throws by reserve Aimee Taniguchi, sparked an 8-0 run that turned a 56-54 deficit into a 62-56 lead. The Wildcats never let their lead drop to fewer than four points the rest of the way.
Owens went 11-of-11 at the line and scored 25 points. The Wildcats senior all-star added eight rebounds and three assists.
Maltman hit 6-of-11 shots from the floor and finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Katelyn Henson (Jr., Camas, Wash.) hit 4-of-9 shots on her way to 11 points and seven rebounds. Wildcats point guard Brynna Fuller passed out four assists while adding four points and four rebounds.
Linfield led by six in the early going, 8-2, before Concordia raced back to tie the contest at 8 on Courtney May’s 3-pointer with 13:21 to go in the period. The Cavaliers went on a 9-2 run midway through the half, taking a 22-17 advantage on Grace Cappleman’s bucket with 7:08 on the clock.
The lead volleyed several more times before the ‘Cats closed the half by scoring the final six points, including four off the bench by Lauren Sherrard. The teams entered the halftime lockerroom knotted at 31.
May was perfect from the field (5-of-5) and the free throw line (2-of-2) on her way to 15 first-half points. Owens totaled 11 of her game-high 25 in the opening half.
May ended the game with 18 points, but struggled to make shots in the second half, sinking just 1-of-6. Cappleman added 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Megan Padilla, the Cavs’ leading scorer coming into the game, was limited to 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Padilla accounted for seven of Concordia’s 18 turnovers.
AHEAD: The Wildcats play two more nonconference home games this week with matchups Friday night against Chapman and Saturday versus Colorado College. The games tip off at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday.
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