Warrior women whip Penguins

The WWCC women ride a 26-4 first-half run to hand visiting Clark an 84-66 defeat Sunday in the Dietrich Dome.

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WALLA WALLA - A 26-4 run over a seven-minute stretch midway through the first half catapulted Walla Walla Community College to a 35-14 lead and the Warriors never looked back in an 84-66 victory over Clark in NWAACC women's basketball action Sunday afternoon in the Dietrich Dome.

The triumph, not nearly as close as the final score would suggest, improved WWCC's record to 5-1 and dropped the visiting Penguins to 3-3.

Guards Janae Klarich and Michelle Seitz, along with forward Tai Jensen, keyed Walla Walla's first-half success by reaching double figures in the scoring column. Klarich netted 14 points, a figure aided greatly by a 4-for-6 showing from 3-point range. Seitz contributed 11 points and Jensen added 10 as the Warriors settled for a 17-point spread, 49-32, at halftime.

"Janae hit two big 3s Saturday night (in a come-from-behind win over Linn-Benton)," WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. "She doesn't shoot it very much, but (Sunday), she decided to shoot the ball. She's a momentum changer.

"During that run, we were really clicking," Hazeltine said. "That's what we can do."

Two more Warriors joined the double-figure club in the second half. Forwards Alex Pfefferle and Hailey Felgenhauer, who combined to go just 1-for-9 from the field in the first half, ended the contest with 10 points apiece.

"In the second half, Hailey was really big," Hazeltine said.

Walla Walla led by as many as 31 points, 72-41, in the second half before coasting home with the ‘W'.

Klarich concluded with 17 points to lead Walla Walla. Seitz finished with 13 points and Jensen had 12.

"We have a lot of weapons," Hazeltine said. "We're really balanced. That what you need to be successful."

Hazeltine also praised the efforts of guards Sienna Edmunson and Leslie Stillar, and low-block newcomer Gabby Anderson, a former Wa-Hi standout. Edmunson and Stillar dished out seven and four assists, respectively, and Anderson hauled down six rebounds.

"Sienna and Leslie passed the ball well," Hazeltine said. "When Leslie is not hitting, she knows she has to make passes. Tai has to have a break now and then, so it's nice to have Gabby come off the bench. She gave us good minutes."

Two other areas the Warriors dominated were 3-point efficiency and rebounding.

Walla Walla made 10-of-19 shots from long range, led by Klarich's 5-of-8 effort, compared with Clark's 1-of-13 shooting from beyond the arc. Walla Walla outrebounded the Penguins, 51-31, and were led by the game-high nine caroms collected by Seitz.

The Warriors host defending National Junior College Athletic Association champion North Idaho Friday at 6 p.m.

"We're excited to have a chance to play them," Hazeltine said. "Playing someone bigger and better can't hurt you."

WWCC 84, Clark 66

CLARK (66) - Trudeau 1-4 0-0 2, Russell 2-8 0-0 5, Dyson 7-14 0-1 14, Mukensabl 3-7 0-0 6, Scott 1-3 1-1 3, Simmers 8-17 6-6 22, Heller 2-4 1-1 5, Ramirez 4-8 1-1 9, Karvia 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-65 9-10 66.

WWCC (84) - Seitz 4-6 4-4 13, Klarich 6-13 0-0 17, Hawkins 1-3 2-2 5, Stillar 2-5 0-0 5, Pfefferle 4-8 0-2 10, Humphries 1-5 0-0 2, Felgenhauer 5-13 0-0 10, Edmunson 3-5 0-0 6, McDonald 0-0 0-0 0, Tynan 0-0 0-0 0, Jensen 4-8 4-5 12, Anderson 2-5 0-2 4. Totals 32-71 10-15 84.

Halftime score - WWCC 49, Clark 32. 3-point goals - Clark 1-13 (Russell 1-3, Dyson 0-3, Simmers 0-3, Mukensabl 0-4), WWCC 10-19 (Klarich 5-8, Pfefferle 2-3, Hawkins 1-1, Seitz 1-2, Stillar 1-4, Felgenhauer 0-1). Total fouls-Clark 14, WWCC 13. Fouled out- none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- Clark 31 (Simmers 7), WWCC 51 (Seitz 9). Turnovers-Clark 14, WWCC 14. Assists- Clark 8 (Dyson 4), WWCC 19 (Edmunson 7).

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