Clark turns tables on Warrior women

The Penguins lost to the WWCC women earlier this month, but pick up the 70-59 win Sunday for the crossover tournament title.


VANCOUVER, Wash. - Clark used its home-court advantage to turn the tables on Walla Walla here Sunday in the championship game of an NWAACC crossover women's basketball tournament.

The Penguins, who had lost to the Warriors 84-66 when the teams met Dec. 4 in the Dietrich Dome, toppled Walla Walla 70-59 to win the tourney title.

The loss sent the Warriors into the Christmas break with an 8-3 season record. Walla Walla won't return to action until Dec. 30 when the Warriors entertain Portland in their final tuneup before beginning NWAACC Eastern Region play the following weekend.

"We knew this was going to be a tough game because they have a good team," Warriors coach Bobbi Hazeltine said of the Penguins. "We beat them by 18 points at our place, but we shot lights out in that game and everything was going our way. They shot lights out Sunday and we didn't know what hit us."

The Warriors trailed by 11 points, 31-20, at halftime, and their problems were compounded in the second half when leading scorer and sophomore leader Leslie Stillar left the game with a knee injury.

"When she went down, we lost our outside shooting," Hazeltine said. "I think she leads the NWAACC in 3-point shooting and was averaging around 18 points a game for us, not to mention her leadership."

Stillar scored 25 points in Friday's 66-44 victory here over Lower Columbia, and she totaled 24 Saturday in a 76-65 semifinal win over Umpqua. She had 13 3-pointers combined in those two wins, but she was 1-for-6 from behind the arc Sunday and managed just seven points before exiting the game.

"We don't know how serious the injury is," Hazeltine said. "She was on crutches after the game and went home to Spokane with her parents. She'll see a doctor today, but if an MRI is required we probably won't know the extent of the injury for several days.

"But when your leading scorer goes down, it's pretty concerning."

Post players Hailey Felgenhauer and Tai Jensen attempted to pick up the scoring slack with 15 and 13 points, respectively. Jensen also grabbed 12 rebounds and Sienna Edmunson contributed nine points and seven rebounds.

Chelsea Dyson paced Clark with 25 points and eight assists. Deborah Simmers added 13 points and Clara Russell scored 12.

Clark 70, WWCC 59

WALLA WALLA (59) - Seitz 3-10 0-0 8, Klarich 0-4 2-2 2, Hawkins 0-1 0-0 0, Stillar 3-11 0-0 7, Pfefferle 0-4 2-2 2, Humphries 1-1 1-2 3, Felgenhauer 5-10 5-6 15, Edmundson 4-12 1-2 9, Jensen 5-14 3-4 13. Totals 21-67 14-18 59.

CLARK (70) - Trudeau 1-1 0-0 2, Russell 4-12 1-4 12, Sorenson 1-4 2-2 4, Dyson 7-19 9-10 25, Mukensnabl 4-8 2-2 10, Simmers 4-11 3-4 13, Heller 0-1 2-2 2, Ramirez 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 22-61 19-24 70.

Halftime - Clark 31, WWCC 20. 3-point goals - WWCC 3-14 (Seitz 2-6, Klarich 0-1, Stillar 1-6, Pfefferle 0-1), Clark 7-15 (Russell 3-5, Dyson 2-6, Simmers 2-4). Total fouls - WWCC 22, Clark 19. Fouled out - Clark (Sorenson). Technical fouls - WWCC (bench). Rebounds - WWCC 46 (Jensen 12), Clark 36 (Sorenson 6 ). Turnovers - WWCC 13, Clark 12. Assists - Clark 16 (Dyson 8), WWCC 10 (Klarich 4).


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