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Wildcats dominate Northwest, now 3-0

Jaryd Cline, Staff Reporter - November 20, 2012

The Central Washington University women’s basketball team, 3-0 overall, picked, up where they left off last week by winning their third straight game, dismantling the Northwest University Eagles, also 3-0, 89-52.
The Wildcats started out slow in the first home game of the year by missing their first four three-pointers and falling behind 3-0 in the first two minutes of the game. However, it didn’t take long for the Wildcats to find a rhythm offensively as they made a 19-0 run, capped by a three-pointer by junior guard Leslie Stillar, which increased the lead to 24-6.

“I think we came out a little flat,” head coach Shawn Nelson said. “Our defense and our offensive rebounding really kicked in in that first half and allowed us to go on that pretty big run.”

The Wildcats tried to speed up the pace early by switching to a full court press on defense. The added pressure forced Northwest two turnovers, which led to two Central baskets.

“Our defense really starts our offense; we were able to get stops and then run out and go and get wide open shots before they could set up,” said freshman guard Hannah Shine, who recorded career highs with 14 points and eight rebounds.

The Wildcats kept shooting and knocking down open looks (?) as they finished the half on a 30-11 run taking a 56-21 lead into halftime. The Wildcats shot almost 60 percent from the field and hit on 6-16 attempts from three-point range, while the Eagles shot 30 percent from the field and only converted on 5-12 free throw attempts.

Central cooled down in the second half, shooting only 33 percent from the field and hitting on just two of 14 three-point attempts.

“There’s going to be times where we don’t make shots,” Nelson said.

The Eagles were on par with the Wildcats in the second half, as they were outscored just 33-31 and hit five of 10 three-pointers.

“We went strong in the first half and in the second half we just mellowed out,” freshman forward Jasmine Parker said.

The Wildcats finished the game shooting 47 percent from the field, while Northwest shot only 31 percent. Central also finished with a 53-28 advantage on the boards.

Each of the 15 Wildcat players that suited up received playing time and every player except one was able to score in the game.

The Wildcats take on Metro State and The Academy of Art next weekend in the Northwest Nazarene University Hampton Inn Classic.

“We’re really excited,” Shine said. “It will be good to test ourselves against a top ranked team in the country and to see how we compare.”

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