Friberg, Gruber's big games come up short for Orcas


Whatcom Community College's women's basketball team suffered another early-tournament exit after falling to Blue Mountain 74-65 on Saturday, Dec. 28, in the LCC Holiday Classic at Centralia College.

The Orcas previously lost to the host, Lower Columbia Community College, meaning it was a must-win game for Whatcom on Saturday.

WCC couldn't get it done despite 36 points by Nathalie Gruber and Alisha Friberg combined. Friberg scored nine of her 19 points from beyond the arc.

Nineteen turnovers eventually doomed the Orcas, who couldn't slow down Blue Mountain's Mar'Shay Moore. Moore scored 24 points in the game.

The Orcas completed pre-league tournaments with a record of 4-6. They take on Peninsula on Saturday, Jan. 4, at home to open NWAACC play.


BMCC: Jade Gutzman 6, Hailey Markham-Patti 12, Riley Gerlinger 11, Mar'Shay Moore 24, Katelyn Phillips 4, Jasmin Poumele 2, Kalen Via 0, Dusti Rodriguez 15. Totals 25-55 21-34 74.

WCC: Milan Woods 3, Nathalie Gruber 17, Alisha Friberg 19, Nikki Gilbert 12, Kortney Grattic 3 Lindy Swanson 1, Mikayla Brown 2, Kayla Tiemersma 8. Totals 26-65 9-16 65.

Half: BMCC 44, WCC 33

3-ptg: BMCC 3 (Markham-Patti 3), WCC 4 (Friberg 3). Rebounds: BMCC 41 (Gutzman 8), WCC 42 (Grattic 12). Assists: BMCC 9 (Gutzman 3), WCC 13 (Gilbert 5). Fouls: BMCC 16 (Gerlinger), WCC 26 (Woods, Gruber, Grattic). Turnovers: BMCC 15, WCC 19.

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