WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Warrior women fall to Hawks

CBC hands WWCC's women a 63-58 loss.

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PASCO - Walla Walla Community College closed a 10-point hole to a two-point game with 24 seconds left on the clock but couldn't pull out a win against Columbia Basin in Northwest Community College Athletic Association women's basketball Saturday night.

The No. 1-ranked Hawks scrapped through, taking advantage of rebounds off missed free throws for a 63-58 win.

"It went down to the wire," said WWCC head coach Bobbi Hazeltine. "They're undefeated and No. 1 in the NWAACC but we had a pretty good shot to get them. We came close, but there's no moral victories in this league."

The teams were snarled at 30 at the half and matched statistically throughout the night - 30 rebounds each, nine assists each. WWCC had 15 turnovers to CBC's 12.

Late in the half, the Warriors were down by 10 points, and chipped it to eight with three minutes to play.

Caitlin Duncan hit a 3 with 24 seconds left, moving the Warriors within two points.

"Obviously they could've run the shot clock out, and we had to foul," said Hazeltine. "But we didn't want to right away. I think the ref thought we were fouling right away and he blew the whistle on us quick."

The fouled player missed the free throw but Columbia Basin got the board and another score to win.

"We're on their floor against the No. 1 team in the league," Hazeltine said. "I thought we played really tough, but you've got to play 40 minutes. They did, and we didn't quite play 40."

Freshman Alex Phefferle came off the bench to lead the Warriors with 13 points.

"She plays really well and had a lot of time in the second half for us," Hazeltine said. "We're playing a lot of freshmen and they're a veteran team. I'm really happy with the way everyone is playing - we're close but we're not there yet."

WWCC (9-2 overall) hosts Blue Mountain Wednesday.

Columbia Basin 63, Walla Walla 58

WALLA WALLA (58) - Dreadfulwater 3-8 0-0 7, Klarich 1-3 0-0 2, Wolff 2-61-2 6, Stillar 3-6 0-0 7, Pfefferle 6-9 1-2 13, Duncan 4-7 0-0 9, Humphries 0-2 2-3 2, Edmununson 2-3 2-2 6, Smith 0-0 2-2 2, Jensen 2-4 0-0 4, Totals 23-48 8-11 58.

COLUMBIA BASIN (63) - Williams 4-8 3-4 11, Malito 1-4 0-0 3, Jiminez 5-9 2-2 16, Stewart 0-2 0-0 0, Young 0-2 0-0 0, Hancock 3-6 0-0 7, Rall 0-1 0-0 0, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Freeman 0-0 3-4 3, Bland 4-12 1-2 9, Walker 2-3 0-3 4, Idler 4-5 2-3 10, Totals 23-52 11-18 63.

Halftime score - WWCC 30, CBC 30.

3-point goals - WWCC 4 (Dreadfulwater, Wolff, Duncan, Stillar), CBC 6 (Jimenez 4). Total fouls - WWCC 17, CBC 15. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - WWCC 30 (Pfefferle 4), CBC 30 (Williams 8). Turnovers - WWCC 15, CBC 12. Assists - WWCC 9 (Edmunson 3), CBC 9 (Williams 4).

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