Wildcat Women beat Seattle U 52-45Posted: Updated:
ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Central Washington junior Ashley Fenimore (Lynnwood, Wash./Meadowdale HS) scored a season-high 17 points, leading the Wildcats to a 52-45 women's basketball victory over visiting Seattle University in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action on Thursday night at Nicholson Pavilion.
The win snapped a four-game home losing streak by the Wildcats, who are ranked 10th in the NCAA Division II West Region. They improved to 11-7 overall and 3-7 in GNAC play with the win, while Seattle, the region's ninth-ranked team, fell to 13-6 overall and 4-6 in conference action.
Fenimore helped to jumpstart the Wildcats offensively on Thursday, scoring five of the game's first seven points as Central took an early 7-0 lead. They never trailed in the entire contest, pushing ahead by as many as 13 at the 13:38 mark of the opening period. The margin was nine (29-20) at the halftime intermission, as the combination of Fenimore (eight points) and Kristina Klapperich (Wasilla, Alaska/Colony HS; seven points) led a balanced scoring performance.
The Central lead reached 13 twice more in the second half, before Seattle began to make a run. The Redhawks used a 13-2 run midway through the half to make it a two-point contest (44-42) with 5:28 remaining. However, the host Wildcats held Seattle scoreless for the next 5:04 from that point to extend their lead and hold on for the win.
Fenimore had her most efficient shooting night of the 2007-08 campaign as well, making 7 of 9 field goals including 3 of 4 from three-point range. Klapperich, who added 11 points and finished with a game-high eight rebounds, made 4 of 6 from the floor. The Wildcats, who finished the game shooting 46.5 percent, also had a significant rebounding advantage (35-24) and overcame a season-high 26 turnovers.
Seattle was led by the play of its bench, as Laina Sobczak and Chelsie Morrison had 14 and 12 points, respectively, in a reserve role for the Redhawks. Sobczak also had a team-high six rebounds.
Central Washington, which earned its first home win since Nov. 28, 2007, will wrap up its season-long four-game home stand on Saturday (Feb. 9) against Montana State Billings. The Wildcats and Yellowjackets are slated for a 7 p.m. (PST) tip off at Nicholson Pavilion.