Warrior women outlast Big Bend

Leslie Stillar and Hailey Felgenhauer combine for more than half of WWCC's offense in the 85-76 victory over Big Bend.

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WALLA WALLA - Starters Leslie Stillar and Hailey Felgenhauer combined for 47 points, and Alex Pfefferle came off the bench to add 16, as Walla Walla Community College held off a stubborn Big Bend squad for an 85-76 victory in NWAACC Eastern Region women's basketball action Saturday afternoon in the Dietrich Dome.

"They did a great job offensively," Hazeltine said of the Vikings. "Their kids came to play.

Stillar tallied 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the field - 7-of-11 from 3-point range - and Felgenhauer contributed 10 points in each half.

Pfefferle scored all but two of her points after halftime. She ended up 6-of-10 for the game - 4-of-7 on 3s.

"It was nice to have Alex and Hailey chip in," Hazeltine said. "We made a few key stops and were lucky our kids were shooting well."

The Warriors, No. 4 in the latest NWAACC coaches poll, improved to 5-1 in league and 14-4 overall.

BBCC is now 3-4 and 13-7.

WWCC faced a five-point deficit, 27-22, before ending the first half with a 15-3 run over the final 5:02 of the period. Stillar scored 15 points in the opening frame to help Walla Walla achieve a seven-point cushion, 37-30, by halftime.

The Warriors built a 12-point margin, 50-38, in the initial minutes of the second half and withstood numerous Vikings' rallies, including one flurry that brought the visitors within a single point, 69-68, in the final stages of regulation.

But Pfefferle's outside shooting after intermission, 5-of-7 overall and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, provided a huge lift that kept WWCC in front.

Walla Walla ended up 30-of-61 (49 percent) from the floor, primarily against a zone defense, compared with 43 percent (26-of-60) for Big Bend.

Both teams sizzled from downtown. The Warriors knocked down 55 percent (12-of-22) of their 3-point tries while the Vikings shot a respectable 45 percent (9-of-20).

"It's nice to know we can score against a zone," Hazeltine said. "I thought we found our scorers and attacked their zone really well."

Much of WWCC's second-half damage was inflicted with Stillar and starting center Tai Jensen sidelined with foul difficulty.

"It's good to know that with Leslie and Tai on the bench, we can still score," Hazeltine said.

WWCC travels to Pasco Wednesday for an Eastern Region tussle with Columbia Basin.

"It's one of the toughest gyms to win in," Hazeltine said. "It's a big game, but it will not define the season."

WWCC 85, Big Bend 76

BIG BEND (76) - D. Lopez 2-3 2-2 7, Morris 3-6 0-0 9, Zollinger 0-1 1-2 1, Kelsey 6-15 1-3 17, Scott 1-6 1-2 3, Nield 1-3 0-0 2, A. Nielsen 5-8 1-3 11, Tews 2-3 4-4 9, Martinez 2-5 0-0 4, Smith 0-1 0-0 0, J. Nielsen 4-9 5-5 13, M. Lopez 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-60 15-21 76.

WWCC (85) - Seitz 0-3 0-0 0, Klarich 1-3 0-0 3, Hawkins 0-0 0-0 0, Stillar 6-12 0-0 15, Pfefferle 1-3 0-0 2, Humphries 0-1 0-0 0, Felgenhauer 8-17 4-6 20, Edmunson 1-2 5-10 7, McDonald 0-0 0-0 0, Jensen 3-5 2-2 8. Totals 30-61 13-20 85.

Halftime - WWCC 37-30. 3-point goals - BBCC 9-20 (Kelsey 4-9, Morris 3-6, D. Lopez 1-1, Tews 1-1, Scott 0-1, Nield 0-1, Smith 0-1), WWCC 12-22 (Stillar 7-11, Pfefferle 4-7, Klarich 1-1, Seitz 0-3). Total fouls-BBCC 19, WWCC 20. Fouled out- none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- BBCC 40 (Zollinger 7), WWCC 38 (Felgenhauer 6). Turnovers-BBCC 14, WWCC 9. Assists- BBCC 6 (D. Lopez 2, Scott 2), WWCC 17 (Klarich 6).

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