The University of Redlands women's basketball team faced off against the Willamette University (OR) Bearcats in the second game of the Bulldogs' three-game road trip to the Pacific Northwest on Friday afternoon. After a sluggish start, the Maroon and Gray battled to make things close but ultimately lost in a 47-59 decision at Cone Field House.
The Bulldogs struggled to find their offensive rhythm and trailed throughout the contest. Freshman guard Mariana Ecija (San Diego, CA) hit a three-pointer with four ticks remaining but the visitors trailed by a 16-point margin at the half.
The Maroon and Gray moved within single digits off of an Ecija lay-up with 3:56 left in the game before Redlands answered with an 11-0 run . However, the momentum shift was temporary, as Willamette responded with a 7-0 spurt to seal the victory.
The Bulldogs finished with a 42-37 rebounding advantage, including a 25-16 effort in the second half. Redlands also won the turnover battle with only 14, as compared to Willamette's 17.
Redlands (1-3) finishes off its Northwest trip with a 1 p.m. game against Lewis & Clark College (OR) on Saturday, November 26.