Big Second Half Paces Whitman Women's Basketball Past Pacific

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FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Mady Burdett's three-point tour continued tonight at Pacific (Ore.), as the junior guard shot a scorching 6-8 from beyond the arc to the tune of a game-high 20 points, leading a big second half by the Whitman College women's basketball team in a 69-55 win over the Boxers in Northwest Conference action, Saturday night at the Stoller Center.

Burdett, who far and away leads the league in made three pointers, scored 14 of her points in the second half on a perfect 5-5 from the floor, helping the Blues turn a tie score at halftime into a 14-point win. Whitman (15-4, 9-1 NWC) made good off Pacific's 20 turnovers, turning them into 20 points nearly double that of the Boxers.

Maegen Martin added 14 points and a game-high seven rebounds with Makana Stone chipping in 13 points.

Courtney Carolan led a trio of double-digit scorers for the Boxers (7-11, 1-9 NWC). She posted team-highs of 14 points and six rebounds with Charli Elliot and Liana Tanaka adding 13 and 10 points, respectively.

The Blues struggled from the field in the first 20 minutes, but shot well north of 50% in both three pointers (55.7%) and overall (54.8%) in the second half. Whitman opened up an early five-point lead to start the third quarter then later, leading by three points, Burdett sank a three pointer with 5:01 to play to spark an 11-2 run to close the quarter, one which the Blues outscored the Boxers by 12 points.

Layups from Taylor Chambers and Martin, followed by three pointer from Burdett, gave the Blues an early 17-point fourth quarter lead which all but sealed the win. Consecutive three pointers from Kaelan Shamseldin and Burdett gave their team its largest lead of 21 points with just under two minutes to play.

The opening quarter saw the Boxers lead by as many as four points after an 11-3 run capped by a Carolan bucket made it a 16-12 ball game with 3:14 to play. Burdett responded with a three-pointer, Martin a layup, and Whitman led by a point at the close of the period.

Early in the second quarter, back-to-back Elliot jumpers gave the Boxers the lead, one they would not lose until late in the period. Shamseldin regained the lead for the Blues with a three ball at the two-minute mark before the two teams headed to the break deadlocked.

After playing away from the Sherwood Center for nearly all of January, the Blues open up a four-game homestand this Tuesday, Jan. 29 with a crucial showdown against league rival Whitworth. Tip is set for 6:00 p.m.