Undefeated Warriors humble Linn-Benton Roadrunners, 78-42

Katie Isham scores 22 points and Nancy Johnson records a double-double as WWCC's women run to their sixth victory Friday night.

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WALLA WALLA — Guard Katie Isham scored 22 points and forward Nancy Johnson contributed a double-double — with 16 points and 11 rebounds — to lead undefeated Walla Walla Community College to a 78-42 victory over Linn-Benton in an NWAACC women’s basketball mismatch Friday night at the Dietrich Dome.


Walla Walla took a 6-0 record into a Saturday night contest with Mount Hood, also in the Dietrich Dome.


The Roadrunners got out to a 5-0 lead early in the opening half before the Warriors took charge with a 15-5 run.


Walla Walla ended the half with a 12-5 spurt and led 34-21 at halftime.


Isham and fellow guard Layne Tucker paced the first-half scoring for the home team with nine points apiece, and reserve Morgan Wolff added eight.


"We seem to start slow for some reason," WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. "I don’t know if it was the atmosphere, or we didn’t know much about these guys."


The Warriors started the second half much stronger than they did the first. They steadily built on their halftime advantage and led by as many as 38 points, 78-40, in the closing stages of the game.


Walla Walla made 16 of its 26 field-goal tries after intermission and limited the Roadrunners to eight baskets on 25 attempts. Linn-Benton managed just one bucket in the final 10:22 of the latter half.


Another stat that reflected Walla Walla’s defensive prowess was points off turnovers. The Warriors scored 26 points off 21 Roadrunner miscues.


Tucker had 15 points for WWCC and Wolff tallied 11.


"At times, we went through the motions," Hazeltine said. "We talked to them at halftime and they played a lot harder in the second half.


"Our guards were pretty good," Hazeltine said. "Nancy played well. We owned the boards (by a 38-23 margin)."


Another aspect of the game that pleased Hazeltine was the fact that the Warriors were whistled for only 11 fouls.


"That’s pretty good," Hazeltine said. "We were good defensively. Sometimes we bail teams out, but we did a good job moving our feet."

LBCC (42) — Sanders 5-13 1-2 13, Wilson 2-7 1-1 5, Bartholomew 0-1 0-0 0, Mayhew 1-3 2-2 5, Crane 0-1 0-0 0, Garrison 1-2 2-2 4, Heacock 5-16 0-0 10, McNeilly 2-5 1-2 5. Totals 16-48 7-9 42.
WWCC (78) — Dreadfulwater 2-2 1-1 5, Kerbs 0-2 0-0 0, Wolff 4-5 0-0 11, S. Isham 0-0 0-0 0, VanderEsch 1-1 0-1 2, Tucker 6-13 1-2 15, K. Isham 7-16 5-6 22, Johnson 6-7 4-4 16, Hutcheson 2-4 0-0 4, Pickering 0-0 0-0 0, Silverthorn 1-3 0-0 3, Berghammer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-53 11-14 78.
Halftime score — WWCC 34, LBCC 21. 3-point goals — LBCC 2-3 (Sanders 2-3, Wilson 0-1), WWCC 5-12 (Wolff 2-2, K. Isham 2-5, Tucker 1-4, Kerbs 0-1). Total fouls—LBCC 13, WWCC 11. Fouled out—LBCC (Mayhew). Technical fouls—none. Rebounds—LBCC 23 (Sanders 5), WWCC 38 (Johnson 11). Turnovers—LBCC 21, WWCC 19. Assists—LBCC 7 (McNeilly 3), WWCC 18 (K. Isham 5).

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