Wolves women open basketball season on road

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OLYMPIA - The Walla Walla University women's basketball team stumbled on its season-opening road trip, falling to Northwest Indian College, 72-60, Thursday, to Columbia Bible College, 75-62, Saturday and to Evergreen State, 71-16, on Sunday.

The Wolves were shorthanded on the trip thanks to eligibility problems and an injury, WWU coach Mike Patterson said. The Wolves were missing three starters due to NAIA delays in processing the new players' transfer paperwork and were missing one starter, freshman forward Alyssa Bailey due to a lingering ACL injury suffered her senior season high school basketball.

In total, WWU only had seven eligible players for the four-day trip.

Patterson said fatigue played a large part in the loss to Evergreen State.

"We didn't have any legs Sunday," he said. "We were better than what the score indicated."

WWU faces Oregon Tech Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Walla Walla Community College Gymnasium.

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