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KC McConnell propels Whitworth women’s basketball to best start in team history

The Whitworth women’s basketball team is off to the best start in program history after crushing visiting Linfield 77-37 on Friday night at Whitworth Fieldhouse.

The Pirates (13-0, 4-0 NWC) led from the beginning, and the Wildcats did not have an answer for junior guard KC McConnell until it was too late. The junior guard scored a game-high 23 points and had nine rebounds.

“I think she came out ready to play,” coach Helen Higgs said of McConnell, who scored 10 of her team’s 12 points during one first-half run.

The 5-foot-7 guard scored 16 in the first half as the Pirates opened a 39-19 lead at halftime.

Junior point guard Lexie Zappone had 10 points and Faith Emerson had nine points and seven rebounds for the Pirates.

Hannah Depew scored 12 points for Linfield (6-6, 0-3) and Riley Graham also had 11 points for the Wildcats.

Whitworth won the rebound battle 50-29 and shot 48.4 percent from the field while holding the Wildcats to 25.5 percent.

“It’s a big deal to them. I’ll congratulate them,” Higgs said of the team’s start. “But we did it because we take it one team at a time.”

With the win, the 17th-ranked Pirates passed the 2004-05 Whitworth squad for the best start.

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