Feb. 7, 2009

Courtesy of Seattle Pacific

SEATTLE -- On a day she needed something from everyone, coach Julie van Beek got it from the Seattle Pacific Falcons.

Daesha Henderson led a group of four SPU players in double figures with 15 points, and the Falcons used a 12-0 run late in the first half to go ahead for good on the way to a 66-55 nationally televised victory against Northwest Nazarene on Saturday in Brougham Pavilion.

Henderson (Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish HS), coming off a career-high 26 points in Thursday’s 73-58 victory at Central Washington, hit 6 of 11 from the floor for the 19th-ranked Falcons (15-4, 8-2 Great Northwest Athletic Conference).

Sophomore Maddie Maloney (Issaquah, Wash./Skyline HS) added 14 points, senior Kelsey Hill (Portland) had 13 to go along with nine rebounds, and junior Megan Hoisington (Bremerton, Wash./Central Kitsap HS) chipped in 11, along with five rebounds and five assists.

The balanced production was key with three players sidelined because of various injuries. That group includes leading scorer Kelsey Burns (Seattle/Kennedy HS), who averages 11.9 points, but has missed the last three games.

“Everyone who stepped onto the floor gave us something,” van Beek said. “Everyone took personal responsibility. Northwest Nazarene is a very experienced team. Usually, the guards have an advantage, and player for player, their guards were more experienced.

“To force them into 23 turnovers was a big deal. And to out-rebound them (34-29) was a big deal,” van Beek added. “It was a good team win.”

Freshman Jordan Harazin (Colfax, Wash./Colfax HS), starting her third game in place of Burns, hit just one basket, but it was a timely 3-pointer that boosted the Falcons’ lead to 58-50 with 5:14 left. She also handed out four assists and grabbed two rebounds.

Freshman Nyesha Sims (Portland, Ore.) came off the bench to hit 3 for 3 from the floor, and sophomore Melissa Reich (Bothell, Wash./Bellevue Christian HS) drained a pair of free throws late in the game and grabbed four rebounds in a reserve role.

“In the second half, we found different people, and different people stepped up,” van Bee said. “Nyesha gave us a great few minutes.”

Seattle Pacific was down 18-16 when it started its 12-0 run on a jumper by Lexi Schaar (Crookston, Minn.) with 6:36 left in the first half. A pair of free throw by Maloney gave the Falcons a 20-18 lead at the 5:47 mark, and they never trailed again.

SPU stretched its lead to 13 early in the second half at 37-24. The Crusaders eventually narrowed that to five, getting within 55-50 at 5:20 to go. That’s when Harazin buried her trey from the left of the lane, pushing the lead back to eight, and Northwest Nazarene never came closer than seven the rest of the day.

“We tried to challenge (our team) in the second half -- this was our Alaska Anchorage again,” van Beek said in reference to the game on Jan. 24 when the top-ranked Seawolves rallied from way behind to beat the Falcons by four. “We knew Northwest Nazarene was going to come back and battle really hard. We had to take care of the little things -- don’t allow penetration, get rebounds, and not fouling.”

Northwest Nazarene (12-8, 5-4 GNAC) was led by the 12 points apiece of Lindsay Brady and Jennifer Williams.

Seattle Pacific, the second-leading defensive team in the conference, kept its opponents below 60 points for the sixth time the past seven games.

The Falcons have just one game next week, playing host to Western Oregon on Feb. 12 at 5:15 p.m. in Brougham.


NCAA Women's Basketball
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Brougham Pavilion/Seattle, Wash.

(19) Seattle Pacific 66, Northwest Nazarene 55

Brady 5-12 1-2 12, Hein 2-5 0-0 5, Whipple 2-5 5-6 9, Roggenkamp 4-5 0-0 9, Olds 1-6 2-2 4, Bazzi 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 2-5 0-1 2, King 0-0 00 0, Williams 6-12 0-0 12. Totals 22-50 8-11 55.
Hoisington 5-13 0-2 11, Hill 5-10 3-5 13, Harazin 1-6 0-0 3, Henderson 6-11 2-4 15, Maloney 4-8 4-4 14, Gorman 0-2 0-0 0, Sims 3-3 0-0 6, Reich 0-2 2-2 2, Schaar 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 25-57 11-17 66.
Northwest Nazarene...... 20 35 -- 55
Seattle Pacific............... 31 35 -- 66
3-point goals -- NNU 3-13 (Brady 1-3, Hein 1-2, Whipple 0-1, Roggenkamp 1-2, Olds 0-4, Johnson 0-1), SPU 5-17 (Hoisington 1-2, Harazin 1-3, Henderson 1-6, Maloney 2-5, Gorman 0-1). Fouled out -- None. Rebounds -- NNU 29 (Hein 7, Olds 7), SPU 34 (Hill 9, Hoisington 5, Maloney 5). Assists -- NNU 13 (Whipple 6), SPU 20 (Hoisington 5, Maloney 5). Technical fouls -- None. Total fouls -- NNU 16, SPU 12. A -- 1,271.