Western extends winning streaks with 84-52 victory over Saint Martin's
Feb. 22, 2006
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Forward Kelly Dykstra (Sr., Elma) scored a game-high 19 points on 8-of-11 field-goal shooting as nationally top-10 ranked Western Washington University defeated Saint Martin's University, 84-52, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball contest Wednesday on Haggen Court at Sam Carver Gymnasium.
The Vikings, No.8 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 and No.2 in the West Region rating, improved to 23-1 overall and continued to lead the GNAC at 15-0 with their 17th consecutive victory. It was also the 17th straight home triumph for Western, which is 12-0 at Carver Gym this season.
Saint Martin's fell to 9-16 overall and 5-11 in the GNAC with its eighth loss in the last nine games. Center Hilary Wick led the Saints with 14 points and six rebounds, but guard Beth Layton, who entered the contest leading the GNAC in scoring at 20.1 points a game, was held to just nine on 3-of-19 field-goal shooting.
The game was tied at 18-18 with nine minutes left in the first half, but Western opened up a 24-18 advantage on back-to-back 3-pointers by guards Elyse Hartman (So., Eagle River, AK/Chugiak) and Mollie Stelmack (Jr., New Westminster, BC) and gradually pulled away to take a 48-34 lead at halftime.
The Vikings then put the game away by holding Saint Martin's to just four points in the first 10 minutes of the second half to take a 62-38 lead. The Saints shot just 20.0 percent (5-of-25) from the field after halftime, and 33.3 percent (20-of-60) for the game.
Hartman had 16 points for Western, hitting 4-of-5 3-pointers, and reserve forward Liz McCarrell added 11 points. The Vikings, who have won the last 17 meetings with Saint Martin's, had a 45-34 edge in rebounds, with reserve center Claire Pallansch (R-Fr., Redmond) grabbing a game-high 12, seven on the offensive glass.
Western entertains Seattle University in a GNAC contest Saturday (7 p.m.). It will be the last regular-season home game for five Viking seniors.
West Region No.1 Cal State Bakersfield falls 62-61 at Cal State L.A.
Jeff Evans, California staff writer
The Cal State Bakersfield women's players must have felt like they collectively got a kick in the gut Wednesday night.
Cal State Los Angeles' Jaemy Oda drilled a 3-pointer from the far corner with 1.1 seconds left to lift the Golden Eagles to a 62-61 California Collegiate Athletic Association win over Cal State Bakersfield.
By losing, CSUB (21-3, 14-3 CCAA) falls out of a first-place tie in the CCAA, a half-game behind Chico State. More importantly, the loss figures to knock the Roadrunners out of the No. 1 spot in the Division 2 West Region poll next week.
"They played better than we did and deserved to win," said CSUB coach Tim La Kose, who was understandably subdued after his post-game meeting with his players. "We had too many mistakes and they capitalized on them."
With 19 seconds left, CSUB was inbounding the ball and holding a 61-57 lead. But Rhondi Naff tried to get the ball to point guard Krista Arase, who was double-teamed, and threw the ball to the center of the court as Arase broke the other way.
Oda picked up the loose ball and found Monica Tokoro under the basket for a layup, making it 61-59 with 17 seconds left.
After a timeout, Arase was again double-teamed, and guard Kelley Tarver broke upcourt and took the inbounds pass. But she fumbled the ball out of bounds, giving the Eagles possession with 15.8 seconds left.
Tokoro got the ball, worked the clock down and penetrated to the basket. As the defense collapsed, she fired a crisp pass to Oda, who was all alone in the far left corner. Her high-arching shot swished through the net, only her ninth 3-pointer of the season. CSUB, after a time out, could only muster a desperation pass past halfcourt that was batted away as time expired.
"I don't know what to say," said CSUB senior guard Katie McElree, the game's high scorer with 20 points who is normally very talkative after a game. "I'm so upset right now. Just too many mental mistakes. Usually we're good at the end of a game. We didn't finish the way we needed to."
Vikings' win streak reaches 17 at home
Western scores 39 points off the bench in victory
JOE SUNNEN, THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
The role of the bench players on the Western Washington University women's basketball team this season has been to help provide a spark.
On Wednesday they nearly set the floor on fire.
The Vikings scored 39 points off the bench, including 16 from sophomore Elyse Hartman and 11 from Liz McCarrell, as WWU defeated Saint Martin's 84-52 at Sam Carver Gym in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play.
The win was the 17th in a row for WWU (23-1, 15-0 GNAC) and the 17th straight win at home dating back to last year.
"Our job when we come in is to create a spark," McCarrell said. "When we go in we want to make something happen and change the tempo, so that's how we approached it."
The Viking built a 48-36 lead at the half, and then held the Saints to just four points in the first 10 minutes of the second half to push their lead to 62-42. Senior Kelly Dykstra led all scorers with 19 points and Claire Pallansch added 12 rebounds.
"We did what we needed to do," WWU coach Carmen Dolfo said. "It was great to see some of our bench step up. They took the inside away and it's really just a matter of learning how to respond to what teams take away."
The Vikings also did their fair share of taking things away. Western held the GNAC's leading scorer, the Saints' Beth Layton, to nine points on 3-for-19 shooting. She entered the game averaging just over 20 points per game.
"A lot of that was because of (Western guard) Samantha Hubbard," Saint Martin's coach Tim Healy said. "I think she's the best on-ball defender in this conference. When she's on you, it's hard to get points."
If the Vikings needed any more motivation against Saint Martin's (9-16, 5-11) it came just before halftime when the team learned that Cal-State Bakersfield, the top-ranked team in the West Region, had lost to Cal-State Los Angeles 62-61 earlier in the day.
"We talked about it," Dolfo said. "But not so much in the way that, yes, we have a shot to host now, but more about how we need to stay focused because things can bite you quick."
The Vikings play their last regular-season home game on Saturday against Seattle University at 7 p.m. at Carver Gym.
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