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ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Five Central Washington University players scored in double figures, and the Wildcats posted their second-highest single-game point total in school history in routing visiting Cascade College, 109-59, in non-conference women's basketball action on Sunday night at Nicholson Pavilion.
CWU improves to 3-0 with the win, while Cascade, which competes in the Cascade Collegiate Conference of the NAIA, is now 5-2.
Senior Hanna Hull (Pateros, Wash.) made her first six field goal attempts and scored 15 points in the first 6:15 of the contest as Central built its first double-digit lead mark less than six minutes in. The margin reached 20 points just once in the first half -- with 1:13 remaining -- but the Wildcats held a comfortable 49-30 halftime advantage.
Central opened the second half with a 17-2 run over the first 4:48 to push its margin to 66-32, and the Wildcats cruised the rest of the way, outscoring the Thunderbirds 60-29 in the period to finish with their first 100-point outing since Nov. 17, 2000, and the second-highest scoring total in school history. CWU came just two points shy of the all-time record of 111, scored in a 48-point win over Whitworth on Dec. 12, 1977.
Hull finished as the game's top scorer with 19 points, while sophomore Shaina Afoa (Anchorage, Alaska/Dimond HS) had a career-best game of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Senior Kristina Klapperich (Wasilla, Alaska/Colony HS) and junior Brooke Fernandez (Castle Rock, Wash.) also had career-best scoring nights with 16 points each. Freshman Jenn Jacobs (Bremerton, Wash.) rounded out the Wildcats' quintet of double-figure scorers with 10 points off the bench. Junior Hilary Tanneberg (Issaquah, Wash./Liberty HS) totaled just five points but had a season-high 11 rebounds.
Central Washington finished the game shooting 63.2 percent, including 71.1 percent (27 of 38) in the second half. Meanwhile, the Wildcats held Cascade to a dismal 25.7 percent (19 of 74) from the floor, and forced the Thunderbirds into 20 turnovers. Robin Swain led Cascade with 14 points, and Raquel Morin added 10.
The Wildcats will wrap up their brief two-game home stand on Wednesday night (Nov. 28), hosting Hawaii Pacific in a scheduled 7 p.m. (PST) game at Nicholson Pavilion. CWU will then play seven straight games away from home before a Jan. 17, 2008, return.