WCC women pull away from Peninsula for big win


Whatcom Community College's women's basketball team earned a big win on the road, 69-53, over Peninsula Community College on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Peninsula. The Orcas were led by Kortney Grattic's 24 points and eight rebounds, both team highs for the night.

"Kortney's always tough - she's really hard to defend. She can drive and post up," WCC coach Sara Bergner said in a phone interview.

Alisha Friberg added 18 points, including shooting 4 for 7 from 3-point range.

Nikki Gilbert had nine points, six rebounds and seven assists for the Orcas.

"It was a battle the whole game - Peninsula played really hard for all 40 minutes," Bergner said. "We did a good job taking care of the ball under pressure. It was a lot closer than the score shows."

WCC plays next at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at home against Skagit Valley College.


WCC: Milan Woods 0, Nathalie Gruber 6, Alisha Friberg 18, Nikki Gilbert 9, Kortney Grattic 24; Lindy Swanson 0; Mikayla Brown 6, Kayla Tiemersma 6. Totals 25-55 14-15 69.

Peninsula: Olivia Henderson 6, Marissa Schwimmer 0, Madison Pilster 12, Jonelle Staveland 0, Gabi Fenumiai 22, Ione Fischer 0, Alison Knowles 6, Miranda Schmillen 5, Pherrari Brumbaugh 2, Emily Flinn 0. Totals 21-64 11-16 53.

Half: WCC 31, Peninsula 21

3-ptg: WCC 5 (Friberg 4); Peninsula 0. Rebounds: WCC 38 (Grattic 8); Peninsula 37 (Fenumiai 11). Assists: WCC 12 (Gilbert 7); Peninsula 7. Fouls: WCC 15, Peninsula 15. Turnovers: WCC 14, Peninsula 13.

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