Parks' effort not enough as Walla Walla University women open basketball season

Nicke Parks scores 25 points and grabs 11 boards, but WWU still drops its hoops opener to Montana Tech.

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COLLEGE PLACE - Sophomore Nicke Parks made her first appearance in a Walla Walla University uniform a memorable one here Sunday as she poured in 25 points and skied for 11 rebounds, both game-high totals, in the Wolves' season opener.

It wasn't nearly enough, however, as visiting Montana Tech buried the Wolves 89-44 in the women's collegiate basketball game.

Parks, a 6-foot-3 post out of Joseph, Ore., is a transfer student from Weber State. She sank 9-of-25 field goal attempts and 7-of-11 rebounds in 35 minutes of play in her WWU debut.

Another sophomore, 5-8 guard Sierra King, was also in double figures with 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the floor. Between them, Parks and King accounted for 36 of their team's 44 points.

It was a completely different story for Montana Tech as 12 of the 14 players who saw the floor for the Orediggers contributed points. Brette Rubie connected on 7-of-9 shots, including 3-of-4 from outside the 3-point arc, and finished with 18 points to lead four Montana Tech players in double figures.

Amanda Krieg tallied 13 points for the team from Butte, Brooke Pokorny followed with 12 points and Bryn Hasquest contributed 11.

The Orediggers weren't bashful from the field, either, as they fired up 22 3-point attempts and sank 11 of them. The Wolves, by contrast, were 0-for-4 from downtown.

And despite Parks' 11 rebounds, the Orediggers controlled the backboards 54-36 as Kelsey DeWit, Tabitha Tomlinson and Erika Jenkins each snared six rebounds.

Freshman Sierra Burchell, a recruit out of Mac-Hi in Milton-Freewater, made her collegiate debut for Walla Walla University but was scoreless. The 6-foot post was 0-for-3 from the field and collected three rebounds before fouling out after 25 minutes of playing time.

The Wolves begin a five-game road swing Saturday when they travel to La Grande to face Eastern Oregon University in a 7 p.m. game. Walla Walla plays at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, Monday and visits Northwest Nazarene, Northwest Indian College and Warner Pacific before returning home for a Nov. 17 rematch with Eastern Oregon.

MONTANA TECH (89) - DeWit 2-6 0-0 4, Pokorny 4-8 2-2 12, Higbee 4-8 0-2 8, Tomlinson 2-5 0-0 4, Eisenmann 2-5 1-2 7, Sturm 1-6 0-1 2, Hasquest 4-7 0-1 11, Krieg 6-12 0-1 13, Rubie 7-9 1-2 18, McClafferty 1-4 1-2 3, Kesler 0-1 0-0 0, Kalumbi 1-2 3-4 5, Jenkins 0-0 0-0 0, Werder 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 35-76 8-17 89.

WALLA WALLA (44) - Sims 0-5 1-2 1, Burchell 0-3 0-0 0, Tan 1-2 0-0 2, King 5-13 1-2 11, Parks 9-25 7-11 25, Moore 0-0 0-2 0, McFadden 2-8 1-4 5, Chevalier 0-1 0-2 0, Wyman 0-1 0-0 0, Bradley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-58 10-23 44.

Halftime - not available. 3-point goals - Montana Tech 11-22 (Pokorny 2-2, Tomlinson 0-1, Eisenmann 2-4, Sturm 0-1, Hasquest 3-4, Krieg 1-5, Rubie 3-4, Werder 0-1), Walla Walla 0-4 (Burchell 0-1, Parks 0-2, Chevalier 0-1). Total fouls - Montana Tech 23, Walla Walla 13. Fouled out - Walla Walla (Burchell). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Montana Tech 54 (DeWit 6, Tomlinson 6, Jenkins 6), Walla Walla (Parks 11). Turnovers - Walla Walla 22, Montana Tech 13. Assists - Montana Tech 17 (Tomlinson 5), Walla Walla 6 (King 3).

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