Orcas win to set up battle for first-place on Saturday


With a huge game looming in on the weekend, Whatcom Community College's women's basketball team took care of business with a 72-61 win over Olympic College on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at WCC.

Kayla Tiemersma led the Orcas with 24 points and 10 rebounds, as she continues to dominate the post in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.

"Kayla is really establishing herself as a premier post in our league," WCC coach Sara Bergner said in a phone interview. "She is creating opportunities to score. She's doing a great job."

The win keeps WCC tied with Bellevue for first-place in the NWAACC north region with three games remaining. The Orcas face the Bulldogs on Saturday, Feb. 15, in a battle that will likely decide the winner of the north.

"We know Bellevue is going to come and bring their best game," Bergner said. "It's going to be a battle."


Olympic: Coutney Jennings 0, Amanda Carper 11, Hailey Chaney 11, Leahi Lindsey 13, Macy Walker 8, Taylor Sunkel 2, Mariah Frazier 16, Bentae Huggins 0. Totals 18-53 19-21 61.

WCC: Milan Woods 5, Nathalie Gruber 6, Alisha Friberg 12, Nikki Gilbert 10, Kortney Grattic 13, Mikayla Brown 2, Kayla Tiemersma 24. Totals 20-45 29-37 72.

3-ptg: Olympic 6 (Lindsey 3); Whatcom 3 (Woods, Friberg, Gilbert 1). Rebounds: Olympic 28 (Frasier 9); Whatcom 41 (Tiemersma 10). Assists: Olympic 12 (Chaney 5); Whatcom 14 (Gilbert 6). Fouls: Olympic 27, Whatcom 17. Turnovers: Olympic 16, Whatcom 17.

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