WWCC women have no trouble trouncing Treasure Valley

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WALLA WALLA — In a game matching polar opposites here Saturday afternoon in the Dietrich Dome, the final score was hardly surprising.

Walla Walla, sporting an 18-2 season record and leading the NWAACC Eastern Region women’s basketball standing with a 7-1 mark, wasn’t expected to have any problems with 1-18 Treasure Valley, a team still in search of its first division win. And the Warriors didn’t.

With 5-foot-11 sophomore post Hailey Felgenhauer leading the way with 19 points and 14 rebounds, both game-high totals, the Warriors blistered the Chukars 87-41. Sophomore forward Caitlin Duncan, the DeSales product, drained four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points, freshman Amy DeLong came off the bench to hit 7-of-12 field goals and also score 16, and sophomore Allie Kelsey was a fourth Warrior in double figures with 10 points.

Leading 27-19 with 4:30 remaining before the intermission, Walla Walla closed out the half on an 11-0 run for a 38-19 lead. And after TVCC scored the first bucket of the second halfl, the Warriors used a run of 13 unanswered points to push their lead to an insurmountable 51-21 count.

The Walla Wallans dominated the game in every phase. They outrebounded the Chukars 45-20, forced them into 21 turnovers and limited them to 22 percent shooing from the floor. The Warriors made 39 percent of their shots from the floor — 8-for-15 from beyond the 3-point arc — and sank 25-of-30 free throws, a sizzling 83 percent.

Still and all, veteran Warriors coach Bobbi Hazeltine wasn’t anticipating the lopsided outcome when the game tipped off 40 minutes late because game officials were late in arriving for the scheduled 2 p.m. contest.

“They have started playing a lot better,” Hazeltine said of the Chukars. “They are better than their record and they play hard, but we kind of took the wind out of their sails.

“It’s nice to play a game like this where you can get up big and play a lot of kids.”

All 13 Warriors saw at least two minutes of playing time, including Gabby Anderson and Jessica Siler, both of whom are nursing injuries.

“We put them out there, but it was obvious both were hurting a little bit, so we got them back out of the game,” Hazeltine said.

Sophomore guard Jessica Seitz, just five games and a couple of weeks removed from scoring a school-record 44 points in a victory over Yakima Jan. 16 in the dome, scored just four points on 1-for-7 shooting from the floor and a pair of free throws.

“Michelle recognized that she was not making her shots, so she concentrated on finding other kids,” Hazeltine said. “We don’t have just one scorer on this team. We had four kids in double figures tonight and another (freshman MeShel Rad, nine points) who was very close. I think that’s pretty good.”

Audrey Pack and Andrea Rodriguez were TVCC’s scoring leaders with seven points each.

Walla Walla travels to Yakima Wednesday and returns to the Dietrich Dome Saturday to face Wenatchee.

Warriors 87, Chukars 41

TREASURE VALLEY (41) — Kelly 0-32 1-2 1, Angelique Rodriguez 3-8 0-0 6, Pack 3-12 0-0 7, Swabb 0-0 0-0 0, Cornie 0-3 0-0 0, Andrea Rodriguez 1-3 5-6 7, Honena 2-10 1-3 6, Workersien 0-5 5-6 5, Helm 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan 1-2 0-0 3, Wood 1-4 4-5 6. Totals 11-51 16-22 41.

WALLA WALLA (87) — Seitz 1-7 2-2 4, Wolfe 0-1 0-0 0, Hawkins 1-5 2-3 5, Jordan 1-5 4-4 6, Giardina 0-0 0-0 0, DeLong 7-12 1-3 16, Duncan 5-12 2-2 16, Rad 2-5 5-6 9, Felgenhauer 5-15 9-9 19, Kelsey 4-4 0-1 10, Siler 0-0 0-0 0, Stefanski 0-2 0-0 0, Anderson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 27-70 25-30 87.

Halftime — WWCC 38, TVCC 19. 3-point goals — TVCC 3-11 (Angelique Rodriguez 0-2, Pack 1-4, Honena 1-3, Jordan 1-2), WWCC 8-15 (Seitz 0-1, Hawkins 1-2, DeLong 1-1, Duncan 4-8, Felgenhauer 0-1, Kelsey 2-2). Total fouls — TVCC 24, WWCC 16. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — TVCC bench. Rebounds — WWCC 45 (Felgenhauer 14), TVCC 20 (Andrea Rodriguez 4, Honena 4). Turnovers — TVCC 21, WWCC 14. Assists — WWCC 18 (Hawkins 6), TVCC 6 (Angelique Rodriguez 2).

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