WWCC women run record to 13-0 with win over BMCC

Kati Isham and Nancy Johnson score 24 and 23 points, respectively, as WWCC downs Blue Mountain to improve to 13-0 overall, and 2-0 in division.

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PENDLETON — With Kati Isham and Nancy Johnson scoring 24 and 23 points, respectively, Walla Walla Community College defeated Blue Mountain in an NWAACC Eastern Region women’s basketball game, 75-59, here on Wednesday.

The Warriors remained undefeated, ranked No. 1 at 2-0 in the East and 13-0 overall, with the victory in a game that coach Bobbi Hazeltine called "closer than the final score" suggests.

"It took a long time to pull away," Hazeltine said. "It was close all the way, until about four minutes to go when we got a little cushion. Then they started fouling, which led to the final margin."

Johnson also ripped off 10 rebounds to help the Warriors to a 42-32 advantage on the boards.

"Kati takes over a game when it’s close," Hazeltine said. "They doubled and tripled her all night long. She just played within herself and took over at the end.

"They held Nancy down in the first half," Hazeltine said. "Then, in the second half, she hit some shots right away.

"When one of them gets hot, it opens things up for the other one," Hazeltine said. "They do a great job playing together."

Jenny Beamer led the Timberwolves with 16 points and Briawna Mueller scored 13 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Warriors led 37-32 at halftime.

Blue Mountain’s Sandra Martin scored nine points in the first half.

"She’s a shooter, and she had three 3s in the first half," Hazeltine said. "Then we held her scoreless in the second half. We made some adjustments, and Shelbi Isaham and Shiann Dreadfulwater took turns on her. They did a great job on her.

"Their coach does a really good job against us." she said. "They know what we do, and they know our players. It’s tough to win (in Pendleton). They defend us as well as anybody, and they attack our defense as well as anybody.

"But I like the way out kids held on and hit the free throws at the end," she added.

The Warriors host Treasure Valley at 4 p.m. Saturday. All WWCC basketball Saturday games begin with the women’s games at 4 p.m. and the men’s games at 6 p.m.

WWCC (75) — Dreadfulwater 1-5 0-0 2, Wolff 0-1 0-0 0, S. Isham 0-4 4-6 4. VanderEsch 1-3 0-0 2. Tucker 3-6 3-4 11, K. Isham 7-17 9-13 24, Johnson 7-12 9-09 23, Hutcheson 3-7 1-1 7, Berghammer 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 23-58 26-34 75.

BMCC (59) — Arnone 4-10 2-2 10, Beamer 6-11 1-2 16, Hansen 2-4 0-0 4, Lorusso 0-1 0-0 0, Martin 3-11 0-0 9, Evans 1-2 1-2 3, Mueller 5-9 3-8 13, Crane 2-5 0-2 4. Totals 23-53 7-16 59.

Halftime score — WWCC 37, BMCC 32. 3-point goals — WWCC 3-10 (Dreadfulwater 0-2, S. Isham 0-2, Tucker 2-3, K. Isham 1-3), BMCC 6-12 (Beamer 3-43, Hansen 0-1, Martin 3-7). Total fouls— WWCC 12, BMCC 24. Fouled out— WWCC (None), BMCC (Arnone). Technical fouls—None. Rebounds— WWCC 42 (Johnson 10), BMCC 32 (Mueller 11). Turnovers— WWCC 10, BMCC 17. Assists— WWCC 12 (S. Isham 4), BMCC 13 (Mueller 6).

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