Wolves women win annual Hoops Classic

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COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University’s women’s basketball team enjoyed two victories to win its Hoops Classic over the weekend.

The Wolves opened play with a 65-52 win over Northwest Indian on Thursday.

On Friday, Salish Kootenai handled NW Indian, which set up a championship game with the Wolves on Saturday night.

In that game, WWU eked out a 67-64 victory for the Classic title.

In the opener, the Wolves were led by Dani Carlman’s 14 points, eight assists and four rebounds.

Michelle Warner scored 10 points and had six boards, and Johanna Uribe put up eight points and grabbed seven rebounds.

“We came out a little sluggish in the first half,” Wolves coach Mike Patterson said, as the game was tied 31-all at halftime. “We had some letdowns defensively and gave us some easy buckets. We held them to 21 points in the second half, and shot 45 percent in the second half after 32 percent in the first. Having that percentage go up was the difference in the game.”

The Wolves also outrebounded NW Indian 52-39.

On Saturday night, four WWU players scored in double figures, led by Abbey Manzano’s 15 points and five rebounds.

Despite being in foul trouble all night long, Lauren Pernu scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

“We had great contributions from her in limited time,” Patterson said.

Carlman scored 11 points and had eight rebounds, and Nikki Neel had 10 points, five boards and three assists.

“It was a total team effort,” Patterson said. “This is a team we lost to earlier in the year, so it was nice to have the girls come out (strong). It was the last home game for our seniors, and they came out with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. It was a hard-fought battle throughout the game, and we had tons of energy on the court and on the bench.”

The Wolves shot 32 percent from the floor for the game, and held Salish to 11 offensive rebounds.

Walla Walla, an NAIA indepedant team, had freshman Pernu, junior Neel and seniors Carlman, Warner and Brianna Moorer named to the all-tournament team.

The Wolves, 7-21 on the season, play their season finale next Monday at Division I Western Athletic Conference member Utah State, the last in a host of tough teams WWU has faced this season, Patterson said.

“We played Eastern Oregon (which is ranked fifth in the nation in NAIA Division II) twice this season, and OIT (Oregon Instititue of Technology) twice,” he said. “We wanted to play tough teams. It makes us better people and basketball players. And it’s a great experience going to a D1 environment.”

WWU 65, NW Indian 52

NORTHWEST INDIAN COLLEGE (52) — Kelly 1-4 0-0 2, K. Frajman 4-17 1-2 9, Squeoch 6-20 7-9 22, Quasula 3-9 1-4 7, Moses 3-4 2-2 9, S. Frajman 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 18-58 11-17 52.

WWU (65) — Pernu 2-5 2-4 6, Neel 2-8 0-0 5, Uribe 3-11 1-2 8, Carlman 5-10 0-0 14, Schmitz 3-10 0-0 6, Manzano 1-5 1-4 4, Warner 4-11 2-6 10, Moorer 4-5 0-0 8, Gaines 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 26-68 6-16 65.

Halftime score: NW Indian 31, WWU 31. 3-point goals — NWI 5 (Squeoch 3, Moses, S. Frajman), WWU 7 (Neel, Uribe, Carlman 4, Manzano). Total fouls — NWI 14, WWU 16. Fouled out — NWI (Squeoch). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — NWI 39 (K. Frajman 13), WWU 52 (Schmitz 10). Turnovers — NWI 21, WWU 22. Assists — NWI 8 (Squeoch 4), WWU 19 (Carlman 8).

WWU 67, Salish Kootnai 64

SALISH KOOTNAI (64) — Olney 1-1 2-4 5, McDonald 2-6 2-2 6, Johnson 1-1 0-0 3, Green 6-12 1-6 13, Bible 1-9 3-4 5, Swank 2-3 2-4 6, Stamper 2-2 2-2 7, Grandchamp 3-6 2-4 11, Charleboy 2-13 1-1 6, Dumas 0-4 0-2 0, Lefthand 0-0 2-4 2, Coskella 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 21-58 17-35 64.

WWU (67) — Pernu 4-7 5-6 13, Neel 4-13 0-1 10, Uribe 1-6 2-6 5, Carlman 3-14 4-6 11, Schmitz 3-8 3-6 9, Manzano 4-12 4-8 15, Warner 1-1 0-0 2, Moorer 0-0 0-0 0, Quaile 0-0 0-0 0, Gaines 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 21-64 18-33 67.

Halftime score: WWU 35, Salish 29. 3-point goals — Salish 5 (Olney, Johnson, Stamper, Grandchamp, Charleboy), WWU 7 (Neel 2, Uribe, Carlman, Manzano 3). Total fouls — Salish 25, WWU 24. Fouled out — Salish (Grandchamp), WWU (Pernu, Warner). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Salish 48 (Green 9), WWU 50 (Schmitz 9). Turnovers — Salish 25, WWU 21. Assists — Salish 2 (McDonald 2), WWU 11 (Neel 3).

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