March 13, 2009

Courtesy of Humboldt State

SEATTLE - A 15-point second half surge lifted the Humboldt State women’s basketball team to a 74-64 win over Western Washington in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division II West Region Quarterfinal game, Friday.

The Jacks enter the semifinal round against either No. 1 seed host Seattle Pacific or No. 8 seed Grand Canyon, with a 24-7 record, while the Vikings finished their season with a 19-9 mark.

Brittney Taylor got the Jacks on board first when Paige Peterson set her up with a jumper 1 minute, 27 seconds into the game. The next four minutes was a battle for lead until the Vikings went on a 6-0 run for a 13-7 lead.

Katie Franci drained two shots at the line to kick off a seven-point surge to keep the previous battle alive to enter halftime tied 30-30.

"I don't think we did that much different from the first half to another," Humboldt State head women's basketball coach Joddie Gleason said. "I think we really continued to come out and defend. We started hitting big shots and were more patient on offense."

Jessica Summers capped off a Viking six-point surge to take a 40-36 lead with 3:15 into the second half. Claire Pallansch sank two free throws from the line to end a two minute, 33 second scoring slum on both ends of the court.

The Jacks’ comeback came quick when Trisha Alaba hit a three to start another team surge of 13 points to secure the necessary lead of 51-44 with 11:29 left in the game. WWU kept HSU within six points until Franci sank a basket to extend the team’s lead to 70-62.

Andrea Bobic capped off the night sinking all four attempts at the line for the Lumberjack victory.

"I feel great about this win," Gleason said. "This was probably the biggest game and best game of my career. This was a high quality match-up between two good teams. There was a lot on the line which made it exciting and intense. From this point on everyone we face is going to be tough, as we will be facing one of two conference champions (SPU or GCU) tomorrow."

Franci finished the night with team high’s of 23 points and 20 rebounds. Taylor and Alaba dished out 17 and 10 points, respectively, for the Jacks.

Summers led the Vikings with 17 points. Willow Cabe and Gabby Wade both added 13 points and Amanda Dunbar contributed 10.

The Jacks’ semifinal round will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Newspaper Box Score
Western Washington vs Humboldt State
03/13/09 5:30 p.m. at Seattle, Wash.
At Seattle, Wash.
Summers,Jessica 8-18 1-2 17; Cabe,Willow 6-11 1-1 13; Wade,Gabby 6-8 1-3 13;
Dunbar,Amanda 4-14 0-0 10; Pallansch,Claire 1-9 2-4 4; McCarrell,Liz 1-4 2-2
4; Soo,India 1-4 1-2 3; Moehrle,Marelle 0-1 0-0 0; Hefflin,Lauren 0-3 0-0 0;
Pinske,Megan 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 27-74 8-14 64.
Franci, Katie 8-22 7-8 23; Taylor, Brittney 7-14 3-4 17; Alaba, Trisha 2-5
4-4 10; Bobic, Andrea 2-6 4-4 9; Kilgore, Taylor 3-8 0-0 9; Enos, Jennifer
1-4 1-1 3; Halsey, Bree 1-4 1-2 3; O'Keefe, Kristina 0-0 0-0 0; Peterson,
Paige 0-6 0-0 0. Totals 24-69 20-23 74.
Western Washington............   30   34  -   64
Humboldt State................   30   44  -   74
3-point goals--Western Washington 2-13 (Dunbar,Amanda 2-7; McCarrell,Liz
0-1; Soo,India 0-3; Pinske,Megan 0-2), Humboldt State 6-23 (Kilgore, Taylor
3-7; Alaba, Trisha 2-4; Bobic, Andrea 1-4; Peterson, Paige 0-2; Enos,
Jennifer 0-3; Franci, Katie 0-3). Fouled out--Western Washington-None,
Humboldt State-None. Rebounds--Western Washington 48 (Pallansch,Claire 8),
Humboldt State 49 (Franci, Katie 20). Assists--Western Washington 15
(Dunbar,Amanda 5), Humboldt State 16 (Franci, Katie 6). Total fouls--Western
Washington 19, Humboldt State 16. Technical fouls--Western Washington-None,
Humboldt State-None. A-614
NCAA Women's Division II West Regionals, Quarterfinal