NW Nazarene drills CWU Women 107-76Posted: Updated:
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Central Washington University senior Hanna Hull (Pateros, Wash.) scored a game-high 23 points, but Northwest Nazarene closed out the game on a 48-16 scoring run as the Crusaders defeated the host Wildcats, 107-76, in Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball action on Thursday night at Nicholson Pavilion.
Central suffered its third straight defeat, falling to 9-3 overall and 1-3 in GNAC play. Northwest Nazarene improved to 10-4 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
The Wildcats took their third lead of the game at the 16:48 mark of the second half, going in front by a 60-59 margin. However, the Crusaders responded by scoring the game's next seven points, and their advantage reached double digits with 13:13 to go. Overall, NNU used a 20-4 run to turn a four-point lead into a commanding 20-point spread with 8:26 to go. Central never got closer than 18 points down the rest of the way, trailing by as many as 33.
A high-scoring first half saw the Wildcats score the game's opening basket on their first possession, but Northwest Nazarene quickly took control soon thereafter. The Wildcats led again at 9-8 before the Crusaders scored 15 of the next 17 tallies to take a 23-11 lead. The margin remained in double digits, and was as high as 17 on multiple occasions, before Central cut into its deficit with a 9-0 run over a span of 1:36. NNU led 57-53 at the half.
The quick pace resumed early in the second half, only to have Central Washington struggle through a lull at the offensive end of the floor. After taking their only second-half lead, the Wildcats made just three field goal attempts over the next 13 and a half minutes, during which time Northwest Nazarene bolstered its lead to 29 points with efficient shooting of its own.
Each team shot better than 50 percent in the first half, including 59.5 percent by NNU. The Wildcats made 53.3 percent of their shots in the opening stanza, and each team was also quite efficient (6 for 9 and 5 for 8, respectively) from three-point range before the break. The percentages cooled for Central in the second half, though, making just 30 percent (9 of 30). The Wildcats missed all nine of their three-pointers in the final 20 minutes while NNU sizzled offensively with a 62.5 percent overall percentage in the period (20 of 32).
The Wildcats, who entered the game ranked second in the GNAC in rebounding and third in rebounding margin, finished with just 32 total boards and were outrebounded 35-32 by the Crusaders. Sophomore Shaina Afoa (Anchorage, Alaska/Dimond HS), the top rebounder in the conference, finished with 10 rebounds to go with nine points and three blocked shots. Central's only other double-digit scorer besides Hull was senior Elyse Maras (Yakima, Wash./East Valley HS), who finished with 13 points in 14 minutes of action.
Northwest Nazarene had six players in double figures, led by the team-high 19 points and nine rebounds from reserve Kristin Hein. Four of the Crusaders' five starters scored 10 or more, led by Nichole Schutte's 17 points and 13 each from Brittney Roggenkamp and Mallory Whipple. Whipple also led all players with seven assists, while NNU reserve Beth Johnson finished with 14 points.
Central Washington returns to action Saturday night, hosting fourth-ranked Seattle Pacific at Nicholson Pavilion in a 7 p.m. start.
NOTES: The last team to score more than 100 points against Central Washington was also Northwest Nazarene, as the Crusaders scored 101 against the Wildcats in a game Jan. 31, 2004, at Nampa. It also marked just the second time in head coach Jeff Whitney's 11 seasons as Wildcat head coach that an opponent had broken the century mark.
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
NCAA DIVISION II/GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Northwest Nazarene 107, Central Washington 76
NORTHWEST NAZARENE (10-4, 3-2 GNAC) -- Hein,Kristin 9-12 0-0 19; Schutte,Nichole 6-12 5-6 17; Johnson,Beth 4-7 4-4 14; Roggenkamp,Brittney 5-5 1-2 13; Whipple,Mallory 5-8 0-0 13; Williams,Jennifer 5-9 2-2 12; Olds,Janee 3-6 1-2 7; Brady,Lindsay 3-6 0-0 6; Sullivan,Katy 1-3 0-0 3; Knudson,Paige 1-1 0-0 3; Craig,Heather 0-0 0-0 0; Oliver,Krista 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-69 13-16 107.
CENTRAL WASHINGTON (9-3, 1-3 GNAC) -- Hull,Hanna 7-16 6-9 23; Maras,Elyse 2-3 8-8 13; Afoa,Shaina 4-10 1-2 9; Jacobs,Jenn 3-10 1-2 8; Fernandez,Brooke 2-6 2-2 6; Klapperich,Kristina 2-6 2-2 6; Fenimore,Ashley 3-4 0-0 6; Busch,LeeAna 1-3 1-1 3; Tanneberg,Hilary 1-2 0-0 2; Radtke,Tanna 0-0 0-0 0; Trew,Katie 0-0 0-0 0; Locke,Siena 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-60 21-26 76.
Halftime--Northwest Nazarene 57, Central Washington 53. 3-point goals--Northwest Nazarene 10-16 (Whipple,Mallory 3-4; Johnson,Beth 2-2; Roggenkamp,Brittney 2-2; Sullivan,Katy 1-2; Hein,Kristin 1-2; Knudson,Paige 1-1; Brady,Lindsay 0-1; Olds,Janee 0-2), Central Washington 5-17 (Hull,Hanna 3-7; Maras,Elyse 1-1; Jacobs,Jenn 1-5; Fenimore,Ashley 0-1; Fernandez,Brooke 0-2; Afoa,Shaina 0-1). Fouled out--Northwest Nazarene-None, Central Washington-None. Rebounds--Northwest Nazarene 35 (Hein,Kristin 9), Central Washington 32 (Afoa,Shaina 10). Assists--Northwest Nazarene 26 (Whipple,Mallory 7), Central Washington 13 (Fenimore,Ashley 5). Total fouls--Northwest Nazarene 20, Central Washington 15. Technical fouls--Northwest Nazarene-None, Central Washington-None. A--264.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference game