WWCC nips Timberwolves

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Walla Walla Community College's Tai Jensen (34) reaches over the back of Blue Mountain Community College's Megan McIntyre (33) as the two struggle for a rebound.

WALLA WALLA - Tai Jensen scored 23 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and Walla Walla Community College made 9-of-10 free throws in the final 1:59 of the game to hold off Blue Mountain for a 76-71 Sophomore Night victory in NWAACC Eastern Region women's basketball action Wednesday night in the Dietrich Dome.

The Warriors, No. 4 in the latest NWAACC coaches poll, remain in a second-place tie with Yakima Valley in the Eastern Region standings and improved to 10-3 in league and 19-6 overall with Wednesday's triumph. Walla Walla and Yakima Valley square off Saturday at 2 p.m. in Yakima.

Blue Mountain, currently fourth in the Eastern Region, slipped to 7-6 and 15-9.

"Both teams like to compete," WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. "This game will help both of us down the road. A lot of things happened in that game."

The teams exchanged leads on four occasions and tied nine times in the opening half. Walla Walla held the largest lead of the period, 30-24.

But the Timberwolves ended the half with an 11-4 spurt and took a 35-34 edge into halftime.

Blue Mountain's Chanel Cambronero led all scorers in half one with 15 points.

Early in the second half, Blue Mountain extended its lead to seven, 43-36.

The Warriors, led by contributions from Jensen, Alex Pfefferle and Leslie Stillar, managed to keep the game tight until the waning moments. Jensen scored 13 points after halftime, Pfefferle tallied 12, and Stillar added seven points.

Pfefferle ended up with 14 points and Stillar had 13.

Like Pfefferle, reserves Michelle Seitz and Stevie Humphries provided the Warriors with quality minutes, Hazeltine said, and played a key role in WWCC's 28-4 advantage in bench scoring with seven and five points, respectively.

"Stevie and Alex were huge," Hazeltine said. "Stevie played so hard, got some offensive rebounds, and made some defensive plays. Alex played as hard as she's played all year. Michelle and Brooke (Hawkins) handled pressure and defended.

"It was good for our freshmen to come off the bench in pressure situations," Hazeltine said. "It was a total team effort. I like the fact we're really deep. It's nice that anybody can come in and score for us."

Blue Mountain's Stephanie Lopez led all scorers with 33 points and Cambronero concluded with 24.

The game was the final home contest for sophomores Janae Klarich, Stillar, Pfefferle, Humphries, Edmunson and Jensen.

WWCC 76, BMCC 71

BMCC (71) - Cambronero 7-19 7-8 24, Stover 0-0 2-2 2, Weaver 1-5 0-0 2, Saavedra 0-0 0-0 0, McKay 0-3 0-0 0, Lopez 11-22 10-11 33, Rominger 0-1 0-0 0, McIntyre 4-7 0-0 8, Harrington 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 24-62 19-21 71.

WWCC (76) - Seitz 3-10 0-0 7, Klarich 3-6 2-2 8, Hawkins 0-1 2-2 8, Stillar 5-10 2-2 13, Pfefferle 6-15 0-0 14, Humphries 2-4 1-2 5, Felgenhauer 1-2 0-0 2, Edmunson 1-5 0-0 2, McDonald 0-0 0-0 0, Jensen 7-21 9-10 23. Totals 28-74 16-18 76.

Halftime - BMCC 35, WWCC 34. 3-point goals - BMCC 4-17 (Cambronero 3-10, Lopez 1-1, Weaver 0-1, Rominger 0-1, McKay 0-2, Harrington 0-2), WWCC 4-19 (Pfefferle 2-8, Stillar 1-3, Seitz 1-5, Felgenhauer 0-1, Klarich 0-2). Total fouls - BMCC 19, WWCC 18. Fouled out - BMCC (McIntyre), WWCC (Edmunson). Technical fouls - BMCC (bench). Rebounds - BMC 36 (McIntyre 5, Harrington 5), WWCC 52 (Jensen 13). Turnovers - BMCC 15, WWCC 19. Assists - BMCC 6 (Cambronero 3), WWCC 15 (Stillar 4).

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