Warrior women shake off rust with 69-48 win over Portland


WALLA WALLA — It took Walla Walla Community College 16 minutes here Saturday to shake the holiday blahs in NWAACC non-conference women’s basketball action.

The Warriors closed the first half on a 17-6 run and went on to win their 10th in a row with a 69-48 win over Portland Community College.

The Warriors eased to a 13-6 edge following a Hailey Felgenhauer bucket off a Caitlan Duncan feed with 13:30 to play in the half. The Panthers responded with a 14-6 run as a Kiara Berry hit a pull up jumper to put Portland on top 20-19 with 7:00 left.

“I gave them 10 days off (for the holidays),” Warrior coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. “It showed. I didn’t think we were very good. Portland came out and played hard. With the exception of a couple of people, we didn’t bring any energy at all. It was disappointing.”

The Warriors got the lead back as Michelle Seitz drove the lane to put WWCC up 21-20 with 6:00 left until intermission. Seitz’ bucket and the Warriors’ employment of a full-court press, sparked a 17-6 Warrior run to close out the first half as WWCC went to intermission up 36-26.

“The press gave us a lot of energy,” Hazeltine said. “We got a few turnovers off of it. We shouldn’t have to do that.

“We got on them at half time about how hard they were playing,” Hazeltine said. “I thought they played harder in the second half.”

Felgenhauer, the NWAACC’s eighth leading scorer, led the Warriors to the 10-point cushion with 12 first-half points and Brooke Hawkins dished out four assists and finished the night with a game-high six.

Treys from Duncan and Allie Kelsey jumped the Warrior lead to 42-31 with 16:30 left. The Panthers got a bucket from Brittany Davis and two free throws from Raven Moore to cut the lead to 42-35 following Moore’s free throws with 14:53 left. That was as close as Portland would get.

MeShel Rad hit a free throw and a bucket to run the lead back to 10 at 45-35 with 12:15 to play and the Warriors stretched the lead from there.

Freshmen Rad and Amy DeLong came off the WWCC bench to spark the second-half push. Rad scored five points and grabbed six rebounds in the second half before leaving with an injury with two minutes left. DeLong converted two 3-point plays. Her first one jumped the lead to 52-36 with 10:15 to go. Her second answered a Panther bucket and ran the Warrior lead back to 59-42 with 6:27 left.

“I though Amy and MeShel played great off the bench,” Hazeltine said. “It’s unfortunate that she (Rad) hurt her ankle. Those two brought a lot of energy and got some offensive rebounds and putbacks.”

Seitz drained two free throws with :33 left to produce the Warriors’ largest lead of the night and run the final to 69-48.

Portland’s Berry led all scorers with 18.

Seitz led the Warriors with 13 and Felgenhauer finished with 12. Rad’s seven boards led WWCC to a 58-40 dominance on the backboards.

WWCC improves to 11-1 and opens NWAACC East Division play at CBC Saturday January 5.

“We’ve got a week to get ready,” Hazeltine said. “We’ve got to come with a little more energy.”


PORTLAND (48) — Miller 2-6 0-0 5, Mackey 3-10 0-1 6, Davis 2-11 0-0 4, Berry 8-13 2-4 18, Snyder 1-5 0-0 2, Moore 0-1 2-2 2, Lichens 0-0 0-0 0, Burris 1-7 0-0 2, Smith 3-9 3-5 9. Totals 20-62 7-12 48.

WWCC (69) — Seitz 4-7 4-5 13, Hawkins 3-6 0-0 6, Jordan 2-6 0-0 4, DeLong 3-5 2-2 8, Duncan 2-7 0-0 5, Rad 1-8 5-6 7, Felgenhauer 6-19 0-2 12, Kelsey 4-10 0-0 9, Siler 1-1 0-0 2, Stefanski 1-2 0-0 2, Anderson 0-5 1-2 1. Totals 27-76 12-17 69.

Halftime — WWCC 36, PCC 26. 3-point goals — PCC 1-11 (Miller 1-3, Mackey 0-2, Davis 0-1, Berry 0-1, Snyder 0-3, Burris 0-1), WWCC 3-9 (Seitz 1-1, Jordan 0-1, Duncan 1-3, Felgenhauer 0-1, Kelsey 1-3). Total fouls — PCC 19, WWCC 16. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — PCC 40 (Smith 7), WWCC 58 (Rad 7). Turnovers — PCC 16, WWCC 19. Assists — PCC 8 (Snyder 2, Smith 2), WWCC 17 (Hawkins 6).


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