CWU Women stun #3 UC San Diego at Great Western ShootoutPosted: Updated:
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Unranked Central Washington University had four players score in double figures as it upset nationally third-ranked UC San Diego, 65-57, in a battle between two unbeaten teams Tuesday to open first-day action at the second annual Great Western Shootout being held at Centennial Hills Center.
Central, which is undefeated in seven games this season, was led by guard Brooke Fernandez (Castle Rock, Wash.) with 13 points, 10 in the second half. Forward Hanna Hull (Pateros, Wash.) had 12 points for the Wildcats, forward Kristina Klapperich (Wasilla, Alaska/Colony HS) 11 and guard Ashley Fenimore (Lynnwood, Wash./Meadowdale HS) 10.
UCSD, ranked No. 3 in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association/USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25, fell to 8-1. The Tritons, who reached the national semifinals last year, were led by center Alexis Gaskin with a game-high 21 points. Forward Meaghan Noud added 15 points and forward Michelle Osier had 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Leading 30-27 at halftime, Central outscored the Tritons, 11-2, over the first 4:30 of the second half for a 12-point advantage, 41-29. The Wildcats were 4-of-6 from the floor during that stretch, including three from 3-point range, two by Hull and one by Fernandez.
UCSD scored eight straight points, six by Noud, to close to within three, 48-45, with 5:06 remaining. But Central answered with a 12-2 run of its own to lead by 13, 60-47, with 2:01 to go.
The Tritons again scored eight consecutive points to cut the lead to five, 60-55, with 47 seconds left, but that was as close as they got.
Central was 9-of-19 (47.4 percent) from the arc and 23-of-46 (50.0 percent) overall from the floor, while UC San Diego shot just 35.9 percent (23-of-64) from the field, hitting only 1-of-9 3-point attempts.
The Wildcats had 22 turnovers and UCSD 13.
UCSD got out to a 13-7 lead in the opening five minutes of the contest. Central took the lead for good, 21-19, with 6:23 left in the first period on a layup by reserve Elyse Maras.
Central plays its final game of the 2007 calendar year on Wednesday (Dec. 19) at 11 a.m., taking on Cal State Monterey Bay at the Great Western Shootout. CSUMB lost to Western Washington in other action on Tuesday at the tournament.
(Story courtesy Western Washington University Sports Information)