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Central Women Fall Just Short in Upset Bid at #2 Seattle Pacific, 61-53

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SEATTLE, Wash. -- Central Washington University freshman Jenn Jacobs (Bremerton, Wash.) scored a team-high 16 points, and junior teammate Hilary Tanneberg (Issaquah, Wash./Liberty HS) had a career-high 20 rebounds, but the Wildcats were unable to complete their comeback in falling 61-53 to second-ranked Seattle Pacific in Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball action on Thursday night at Brougham Pavilion.

The loss snapped a two-game win streak by the Wildcats, who fell to 12-8 overall (4-8 GNAC). Seattle Pacific remained undefeated, improving to 21-0 overall (12-0 GNAC).

In a bid for its second win over a top-five team this season, Central trailed by as many as 14 points late in the first half. The Wildcats rallied and twice were within three points in the second half, including at the 7:23 mark after a putback by Tanneberg, but they were never able to take the lead.

Jacobs had an impressive shooting night to lead the Wildcat offense, making six of her nine field goal attempts including 4 for 6 from three-point range. She was the lone bright spot shooting the basketball for Central Washington, as they finished at just 31.9 percent (23 of 72) and were just 23.1 percent (6 of 26) from behind the arc.

Tanneberg, whose previous career-high for rebounds had been 12 against Alderson-Broaddus (W.Va.) as a freshman on Dec. 10, 2005, set a Great Northwest Athletic Conference record with 11 offensive rebounds. She also had nine defensive rebounds and totaled eight points.

Senior Kristina Klapperich (Wasilla, Alaska/Colony HS) was the Wildcats' second-leading scorer and rebounder Thursday, finishing with 12 points and eight rebounds. Included among her board total were six on the offensive end, helping Central Washington hold a 49-44 rebounding edge.

Seattle Pacific, which entered the game averaging 72.1 points per game, was held to its second-lowest point total this season. The Falcons had a balanced offensive attack led by post Kelsey Hill's 13 points, seven rebounds, and four blocked shots. Reserve Melissa Reich was next on the scoring ledger with nine off the bench for SPU, which outscored CWU 40-26 in the paint.

Central Washington's challenging road trip continues Saturday night, as the Wildcats, ranked ninth in the NCAA Division II West Region, travel to face regionally seventh-ranked Northwest Nazarene for a 7 p.m. (MST) tip off.