Dec. 16, 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -
University of Central Oklahoma shot nearly 60 percent from the field in the second half to break open a close contest and defeat Central Washington University, 77-66, in final-day women's basketball action Friday at the sixth annual Great Western Shootout held at The Arena at South Point.
CWU, which lost 70-67 to Drury on Thursday, fell to 3-6. Sophie Russell came off the bench to lead the Wildcats with a game-high 19 points, and forward Jessica Van Dyke added 15.
UCO, which suffered a 69-53 defeat to Western Washington in the opening round, improved to 9-4. Guard Britney Morgan led the Bronchos with 18 points.
CWU never led, but the score was tied six times, the final one at 47-47 with 12:35 to go. The Bronchos then went on a 12-3 run, with Autumn Huffman and Heather Davis each scoring six points, to open up a 59-50 advantage with 8:37 left. The Wildcats never got closer than six points after that.
Huffman finished with 13 points and seven rebounds for UCO, which shot 58.6 percent (17-of-29) from the field in the second half, including 5-of-9 on 3-pointers. Center Courtney Harper, starting in place of leading scorer Paiten Taylor, who was injured early in Thursday's contest, had 15 points and seven rebounds.
Guard Alex Dunn had 10 points and five assists for CWU, which shot just 35.3 percent (24-of-68) from the field for the game.