Seitz has record night as Warriors down Yaks

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WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College’s Michelle Seitz went off for 44 points and a new school record for women’s basketball in the win against Yakima Valley, 77-53, here Wednesday evening in the Dietrich Dome.

“I was definitely feeling it tonight,” Seitz said. “But my teammates were getting me the ball, too, so it wasn’t just all me. They were getting me the ball and that is how I got my shots.”

The previous school record dated back to 1993 and was 42 points.

Seitz was 14-of-19 from the field and 10-of-11 from the free-throw line in the game.

A 5-foot, 6-inch guard, Seitz also added 16 rebounds in the winning effort.

“I try to get as many rebounds as I can each game,” Seitz said. “I really try to crash the boards because that is what our coaches ask us to do. That is one of my goals: to get a lot of boards every game. I like to get the ball in my hands and my teammates’ hands.”

In addition to the offensive explosion by Seitz — who was 6-of-9 from downtown — WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine was quick to credit her defense as well as the play of Seitz.

“Yakima is a high-scoring team,” Hazeltine said. “And our defense in the first half held them to 24 points. Defensively, we were really good. We had a good game plan and our assistant coaches did a great job of implementing that his week.

“Our players are smart and they carried out the game plan of playing good defense first. Defense is where it starts.”

The Warriors outscored their opponents 37-24 in the first half, holding the Yaks to a dismal 23.3 percent shooting in the opening half.

The Warriors also worked hard on the boards, grabbing 25 rebounds to just 14 by the Yaks.

“When Michelle (Seitz) has a game like she had tonight that is nice, that is a bonus,” Hazeltine said. “In the second half, I thought she would be guarded tighter and she won’t get anything more. But I was wrong. We started out with a play for her as the third option, the ball moved to her and she hit a 3. That told us that she was going to get shots the whole night.

“She is an athlete and she puts in so much time,” she said. “She deserves this tonight.”

At the half, Seitz had 20 points and seven rebounds.

The first-half surge was also due in part to seven points apiece from Caitlin Duncan and Hailey Felgenhauer.

Duncan didn’t score in the second half, and Felgenhauer added four more points to go with nine total rebounds. Duncan added six boards in the game.

Seitz’s record effort overshadowed a fine performance by Yaks guard Angelique Williams, who was 6-of-9 from behind the arc and scored 26 points.

WWCC (15-1 overall, 4-0 East Region) plays at Wenatchee Saturday at 2 p.m.

WWCC 77, YAKIMA VALLEY 53

YVCC (53) — Jo Blodgett 3-13 0-0 6, Albrecht 1-4 0-0 2, Cox 1-5 0-0 2, Williams 6-14 8-10 26, Stanley 0-1 0-0 0, Gonzales 3-13 4-6 10, Baker 0-2 0-0 0, Lekson 2-7 1-2 5, Dixon 1-3 0-0 2, Phillips 0-0 0-0 0, Zimmer 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 17-66 13-18 53.

WWCC (77) — Seitz 14-19 10-11 44, Hawkins 1-2 1-2 3, Jordan 0-0 0-0 0, DeLong 0-2 2-2 2, Duncan 2-9 2-2 7, Rad 0-3 0-0 0, Felgenhauer 5-12 1-2 11, Kelsey 2-4 2-2 98, Siler 0-0 0-0 0, Stefanski 0-0 0-0 0, Anderson 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 25-54 18-21 77.

Halftime score — WWCC 37-24. 3-point goals — YVCC 6-26 (Jo Blodgett 0-5, Albrecht 0-3, Williams 6-9, Gonzales 0-5, Lekson 0-2, Dixon 0-2), WWCC 9-15 (Seitz 6-9, Duncan 1-2, Felgenhauer 0-1, Kelsey 2-3). Total fouls — YVCC 21, WWCC 12. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — YVCC 29 (Cox 5), WWCC 46 (Seitz 16). Assists — YVCC 6 (Jo Blodgett 3), WWCC 15 (Hawkins 3). Turnovers — YVCC 3, WWCC 14.

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