Warrior women stifle BMCC in 61-32 rout


PENDLETON — Four days after holding Big Bend to 10 points in the second half of a 61-32 NWAACC Eastern Region victory in the Dietrich Dome, the Walla Walla women’s basketball team was at it again here Wednesday night at Blue Mountain.

The Warriors’ stingy defense limited the Timberwolves to eight points and 10 percent shooting from the floor in the first half en route to a 57-36 victory that put the finishing touches on Walla Walla’s divisional championship season. WWCC won the title with a 12-2 mark and will take a 23-3 overall record and a No. 1 seed into the NWAACC Championships March 2-5 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

“When we held Big Bend to 10 points, that was the lowest point total we had ever held any team to in a half,” Hazeltine said. “And then to hold Blue Mountain to eight points, that’s pretty good defense.

“I kind of felt bad for them,” Hazeltine said of the Timberwolves, who finished 5-9 in the region and 10-16 overall. “Part of it was they were missing everything they shot, and part of it was our defense. They couldn’t buy a basket.”

Walla Walla didn’t shoot particularly well, other than sophomore star Michelle Seitz, who drained 10-of-16 shots overall and led all scorers with 26 points. Seitz, who was 3-for-6 from 3-point distance and also contributed seven rebounds and two assists, was a defensive standout as well, Hazeltine said.

“She is obviously the one we are going to on offense, and she had a big hand in our defense as well,” the coach said. “She is such a good defender.”

Seitz was credited with holding Kim Pickett, Blue Mountain’s offensive leader, to just three points on 1-for-15 shooting from the floor.

Freshman MeShel Rad earned praise from her coach for nine points off the bench on 3-for-3 shooting from the floor. Rad also snagged seven rebounds.

“I was hoping to give some of our freshmen more time, and MeShel got 13-to-14 minutes,” Hazeltine said. “She had a nice game, and that is important going into the tournament.”

Caitlin Duncan was WWCC’s only other double-figure scorer, and her 10 points came on 2-for-8 shooting from the floor, including 1-for-5 from 3-point distance. Hailey Felgenhauer, the Warriors’ primary post player, managed just two points on 1-for-13 shooting. And Allie Kelsey was 0-for-4 from the field.

“We had a couple of girls who didn’t shoot very well,” Hazeltine said. “We were probably fortunate Blue Mountain wasn’t hitting anything.”

Jade Guizman led Blue Mountain with 11 points and eight rebounds.

The Warriors planned to practice today before taking the rest of the week off. They’ll resume practice on Monday in preparation for the tournament.

Walla Walla 57, Blue Mountain 36

WALLA WALLA (57) — Seitz 10-15 3-4 26, Hawkins 2-4 0-0 4, DeLong 1-1 0-0 2, Duncan 2-8 5-7 10, Rad 3-3 3-4 9, Felgenhauer 1-13 0-0 2, Kelsey 0-4 0-0 0, Siler 1-3 0-0 2, Stefanski 0-1 0-0 0, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-54 11-15 57

BLUE MOUNTAIN (36) — Pickett 1-15 1-3 3, Desautel-Ootsey 0-5 0-0 0, Guizman 3-13 5-5 11, Markham-Paitte 3-7 1-2 8, Phillips 0-1 0-0 0, Stover 0-2 0-0 0, Via 0-1 0-0 0, Rodriguez 2-5 2-4 6, Harrington 0-6 0-0 0, Logven 4-9 0-0 8. Totals 13-66 9-14 36.

Halftime — WWCC 29, Blue Mountain 8. 3-point goals — WWCC 4-13 (Seitz 3-6, Duncan 1-5, Felgenhauer 0-1, Kelsey 0-1), Blue Mountain 1-16 (Pickett 0-5, Guizman 0-4, Markham-Pattie 1-4, Via 0-1, Harrington 0-2). Total fouls — Blue Mountain 17, WWCC 16. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — WWCC 53 (Felgenhauer 8), Blue MOuntain 37 (Guizman 8). Turnovers — WWCC 16, Blue Mountain 8. Assists — WWCC 7 (Seitz 2, Felgenhauer 2), Blue Mountain 3 (Guisman 1, Markham-Paittie 1, Stover 1).


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