Here's something you probably didn't know was possible: the Whitworth Pirates lead the Northwest Conference in scoring defense (64.5 points allowed), field goal percentage (49.7), field goal percentage defense (38.8), three-point percentage (39.2), three-point percentage defense (29.8), free throw percentage (70.7), and rebound margin (+7.8), yet only have two players leading the NWC in any category individually.
While the Pirates lost last Friday to Lewis & Clark 74-62, bumping them down to third place in the conference standings, they're still sporting a 13-4 overall record and 5-3 conference mark. In that loss Calvin Jurich had his third double-double of the season with 20 points and 15 rebounds.
They'll face George Fox this Friday on the road at 8 p.m. and then Pacific on Saturday at 6 p.m.
And traveling with them will be the Whitworth women's team, who has won five of their last six to pull into a three-way tie for second with Whitman and Puget Sound. They'll play the same opponents as the men, just two hours earlier. Got to love how they do this Div. III basketball stuff, seems way better than the Div. I brand.
And good news for those people getting giddy about baseball. Whitworth Sports Information Director Steve Flegel has release the season outlooks for Whitworth Baseball and Softball. Now the only question becomes, when do pitchers and catchers report in Spokane?