Game 2 - 14th Annual WWU Lynda Goodrich Classic - Western 68, Cal State East Bay 39
Nov. 26, 2010
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Guard Amanda Dunbar (Sr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) and forward Megan Pinske (Sr., Coquitlam, BC/Port Moody) led a balanced attack with 11 points each as Western Washington University defeated Cal State East Bay, 68-39 in first-day action Friday at the 14th annual WWU Lynda Goodrich Women's Basketball Classic being held at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
Guard Corinn Waltrip (So., Tigard, OR) added 10 points for the Vikings, who remained undefeated at 3-0.
The contest was the season opener for Cal State East Bay. Center Lauren Lucchesi had 11 points for the Pioneers, and guard Claudia Nelson added 10.
Cal State East Bay scored on its first possession of the game as Nelson hit a driving layup, but the Vikings quickly established control after that with a 24-2 run to take a 24-4 lead with 8:16 left in the half. Western held a 39-20 lead at halftime.
The Pioneers narrowed the margin to 15, 44-29, with just under 14 minutes left, but got no closer, and the margin was never less than 20 points in the final 11 minutes.
Western had a 47-30 advantage in rebounds, with center Lauren Hefflin (Sr., Ridgefield) having a game-high 10 and forward Gabby Wade (Sr., Lacey/River Ridge) and center Britt Harris (So., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) each grabbing eight. Pinske had a game-high six assists.
Saint Martin's defeated Montana State Northern, 71-47, in Friday's other tournament contest. Saint Martin's meets Cal State East Bay on Saturday at 5 p.m., and Montana State Northern plays Western at 7 p.m.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Vikings roll to big home win
MICHELLE NOLAN - THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
BELLINGHAM - Amanda Dunbar has seldom lacked for confidence in three seasons as Western Washington University's scoring leader.
So it wasn't surprising one of the nation's best 3-point shooters nailed one of the highlights of Western's 68-39 victory over Cal State East Bay in the opening round of the 14th annual WWU Lynda Goodrich Classic on Friday, Nov. 26.
Britt Harris, a 6-foot-2 sophomore substitute center who spent last year as a deep reserve, enjoyed career highs of eight points and eight rebounds. Many of them came when needed most while setting a competitive tone in the first half. 27 WWU women's BB
"Britt's really in there fighting and she's eager," said Dunbar of Harris, who played in 15 games last year and averaged only 1.7 points and 6.9 minutes. "She has a great leader in (6-2 starting center) Lauren Hefflin. Britt was real confident, and that's a great sign, because we need her to be confident (since Western lost several top big players to graduation)."
Coach Carmen Dolfo agreed.
"I think Britt has really improved," said Dolfo, whose 401st career victory in 20 seasons left her 10 behind current athletic director Lynda Goodrich for Western's women's record.
"Britt was frustrated that she didn't get to play a lot last year," the coach said. "But she has great hands and a great touch. She worked hard this past spring to get better."
Harris, who indicated her potential with career bests of 35 points and 22 rebounds at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, is most excited over the way the nationally 24th ranked Vikings (3-0) are playing together.
"It's extremely good chemistry and everyone really gets excited for each other," said Harris. "I love being here. It was very much well worth (the wait to get a shot at meaningful minutes)."
Dolfo was rightly frustrated over Western's offensive inconsistencies, yet the Vikings nonetheless showed the potential for productive team play.
"We had a hard time getting into an (offensive) flow," Dolfo said of the Vikings, who shot only 39.7 percent (25 for 63), including 5 for 21 from 3-point range.
Even so, Western displayed its balance and penchant for team play as eight players finished with seven to 11 points.
"They really want it for each other," Dolfo said. "They're a great group to work with."
Western continued to display defensive potential, coming off a 58-24 victory over San Francisco State. It took Cal State East Bay (0-1) - formerly known as Cal State Hayward - 13 minutes to score six points. The Pioneers didn't break 30 until less than 12 minutes remained to play and Western was up 49-29.
Dunbar and quick forward Megan Pinske led Western with 11 points each and sophomore guard Corinn Waltrip scored 10, matching Dunbar with a pair of 3-pointers. Gabby Wade finished with nine, while Harris and Kristin Schramm had eight, including seven in the second half by the hard-driving Schramm. Hefflin scored seven and had a game-high 10 rebounds, while Wade matched Harris with eight boards.
Pinske had a game-high six assists and Erika Ramstead, the former Nooksack Valley standout, contributed five rebounds and four points.
The Vikings will face Montana State Northern on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m., preceeded by Cal State East Bay against Saint Martin's at 5 p.m.
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