Stillar leads WWCC women past Spokane, 63-47

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SPOKANE - Leslie Stillar proved the old phrase "you can't go home again" wrong Wednesday night.

In her homecoming to Spokane, the 5-foot-6 sophomore from Nine Mile Falls, Wash., scored 28 points on six 3-pointers, went 9-of-15 overall and held Spokane Falls' best scorer to just eight points to help lead the Walla Walla Community College women to a 63-47 victory over the Sasquatch.

"She (Stillar) had a really big crowd there, lot's of family and friends," WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. "She kind of lit it up right way. We struggled offensively except for her. She just picked a great night to go off.

"Her teammates did a really good job getting the ball to her as well, they know who the hot scorer is," Hazeltine said. "I felt we played good defense as well."

The Warriors (4-1 NWAACC East, 13-4 overall) were burned by 20 points from freshman forward Laikyn Brophy, a player Hazeltine said caught the Warriors off guard, but were staunch defensively otherwise, holding the Sasquatch just below 40 percent shooting on the night and 18 percent shooting from deep.

The Warriors switched to a full-court pressure defense from their usual help-man defense mid-way through the first half, Hazeltine said.

"We normally don't pressure teams and we pressured their guards a little bit, and that led to some turnovers," Hazeltine said. "We played really good defense as a whole, but it started with (Spokane Falls' Amanda) Buttrey, and Leslie (Stillar) did a really good job there."

Hazeltine said the Warriors practiced a press defense this week specifically for the Spokane game, and that it caught the Sasquatch off guard.

"I think that was a good momentum change for us because we just don't ever do that," Hazeltine said. "It's just something that we dont normally do, but we worked on it just for this game. We did a good job, I liked the way we mixed it up and threw pressure at them."

Stillar was the only Warrior to crack double digits in the victory, but Hazeltine said Stevie Humphries and Tiffany McDonald helped provide a spark off the bench defensively.

"They both came off the bench, and like I said, may not have had big stats but had a lot of hustle plays," Hazeltine said. "They dove for loose balls and things like that and that made a big difference. They gave us a spark and that really helped us."

The Warriors host Big Bend Saturday at 2 p.m.

WWCC 63, Spokane Falls 47

WWCC (63) - Seitz 2-5 1-2 5, Klarich 0-1 0-0 0, Hawkins 0-2 0-0 0, Stillar 9-15 4-4 28, Pfefferle 0-4 2-2 2, Humphries 2-6 1-2 5, Felgenhauer 4-8 0-2 8, Edmundson 1-5 4-6 6, McDonald 0-2 0-1 0, Tynan 0-0 0-0 0, Jensen 4-11 1-2 9, Anderson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-60 13-21 63.

SPOKANE FALLS (47) - Humphrey 0-0 0-0 0, Buttrey 3-9 1-2 8, Tareski 0-2 0-0 0, Hicks 0-1 0-0 0, Jacobs 0-3 0-0 0, Griffin 0-0 0-0 0, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Tullis 2-5 0-0 4, Brons 2-5 0-0 4, Cook 3-6 0-0 6, Elwin 1-2 0-0 3, Scott 0-3 0-0 0, Brophy 9-14 2-2 20, Abbott 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 21-53 3-4 47.

Halftime - WWCC 32-21. 3-point goals - WWCC 6-14 (Stillar 6-9), Spo 2-11 (Elwin 1-2, Buttrey 1-3). Total fouls - WWCC 10, Spo 16. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - WWCC 45 (Jensen 7), Spo 29 (Buttrey 6). Turnovers - WWCC 9, Spo 11. Assists - WWCC 15 (Edmunson 5), Spo 12 (Hicks 4).

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