Turnovers cost Pirates 1st loss
Despite getting a career-high 20 points from freshman KC McConnell, the Whitworth women’s basketball team could not overcome 15 turnovers as the Pirates fell 75-60 to Cal Lutheran on Monday night in Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
The teams traded runs and leads in the first half with Whitworth (4-1) ahead 33-31 at the break.
But after senior Lauren Picha hit a 3-pointer to start the second half and put the Pirates up by five, Cal Lutheran (3-1) gradually took command and the Pirates were unable to come up with an answer.
The Pirates made nine 3-pointers, but the Regals scored 22 points off turnovers and 12 on fast breaks.
McConnell also had a team-high six rebounds as Whitworth had a 36-34 advantage on the boards.
Junior Emily Travis added 13 points for the Bucs.
• Lexie Nelson, Eastern Washington’s sophomore guard, was named to the Cal Classic all-tournament team after averaging 10 points with four assists, three rebounds and one steal as the Eagles went 1-1.
William Green, a defensive end from the University of Florida, has been assigned to the Spokane Shock for his rookie Arena Football League season. He had 53 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 53 games for Florida.