Warrior women dominate second half

The WWCC women pick up a 72-41 victory over Wenatchee Valley Saturday night.

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WALLA WALLA - In a tale of two halves, Walla Walla Community College's women dominated Wenatchee Valley 72-41 for an NWAACC Eastern Region basketball win Saturday night in the Dietrich Dome.

The Warriors, ranked fifth in the latest NWAACC poll, remained tied for third place with Yakima Valley in the league standings. Both teams are 7-4.

The first half was competitive, with the Warriors leading 34-25 at the break.

For most of the first half, the Warriors struggled shooting from the field and relied on 13 offensive rebounds to score 13 points.

With 2:30 remaining in the first, Leslie Stillar caught fire from downtown and buried three straight 3s to give the Warriors a substantial lead.

The barrage of shots from Stillar turned a three-point lead into a 12-point margin, 34-22.

After Stillar's shots, Wenatchee's Alyssa Dario banked in a half-court heave at the buzzer to cut the lead to nine.

Stillar impressed her coach with momentum-changing shots and 20 points in the game.

"That is what Leslie does," WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. "She is a real game-changer. We have seen her make a lot of shots. It was a big boost when she hit those big three 3-pointers. We needed those shots. Then the other girls kind of followed suit in the second half."

The Warriors outscored Wenatchee 38-16 in the second half.

The Warriors started the second half on a 11-2 run in the first five minutes and would never look back.

Morgan Jo Wolff sandwiched a couple of jumpers around a Shiann Dreadfulwater three and Stillar fed the post, Baylie Smith, for two hoops inside.

WWCC turned the ball over only five times in the game and had 11 assists.

WVC had 19 turnovers that the Warriors converted into 18 points.

Hazeltine liked having four players scoring in double figures and was especially pleased with the team defense in the second half.

"Any time you hold a college team to 16 points in a half, it's unreal," Hazeltine said. "Wenatchee has some good players, too, some that I recruited and some that have done well this year."

Dreadfulwater and Alex Pfefferle's 12 points each and Caitlin Duncan's 10 rounded out WWCC's list of double-figure scorers.

Dreadfulwater added a team-high eight rebounds and four assists.

The Warriors shot 75 percent from the free throw line, sinking 21-of-28.

"We made a real effort to improve our free-throw shooting in practice and it showed tonight," Hazeltine said.

The Warriors travel to league-leading Spokane Wednesday night before finishing up the home portion of their regular-season schedule next Saturday when they host Big Bend.

WWCC 72, Wenatchee Valley 41

WVC (41) - Zuniga 1-2 0-0 2, Dario 2-10 1-2 7, Gustafson 0-0 0-0 0, Hunt 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 2-9 1-2 6, Colter 3-7 1-2 9, Lord 0-2 0-0 0, Fluit 3-6 0-1 6, Posey 4-11 1-2 9, Lippert 0-3 0-0 0, Hartman 0-2 0-0 0, Quay 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 16-53 4-9 41.

WWCC (72) - Dreadfulwater 5-9 0-0 12, Klarich 0-3 0-0 0, Wolff 2-6 1-2 5, Stillar 7-15 1-2 20, Duncan 2-7 6-7 10, Pfefferle 2-8 8-8 12, Leasy 0-0 2-2 2, Edmunson 1-5 2-4 4, Smith 2-4 0-0 4, Hammond 0-0 1-2 1, Jensen 1-5 0-1 2, Humphries 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-63 21-28 72.

Halftime score - WWCC 34, WVCC 25. 3-point goals - WVC 5-20 (Zuniga 0-1, Dario 2-5, Williams 1-6, Colter 2-6 , Lord 0-1, Posey 0-1), WWCC 7-17 (Dreadfulwater 2-2, Klarich 0-1, Wolff 0-1, Stillar 5-9, Pfefferle 0-1, Leasy 0-2, Duncan 0-1). Total fouls - WVC 19, WWCC 15. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - WVC 41 (Posey 6), WWCC 49 (Dreadfulwater 8). Turnovers - WVC 19, WWCC 5. Assists - WVC 6 (Zuniga 2), WWCC 11 (Dreadfulwater 4).

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