Gilbert's strong night spurs WCC women's basketball win


Whatcom Community college women's basketball guard Nikki Gilbert nearly recorded a triple-double while helping the Orcas earn a 72-65 NWAACC win against Everett Community College on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Everett.

Gilbert scored 11 points, pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds and recorded eight assists. Teammate Kortney Grattic scored a game-high 20 points, and Alisha Friberg added 14 with four 3s.

"I thought Nikki had a great game," WCC coach Sara Bergner said in a phone interview. "She almost had a triple-double and that is pretty rare. She's definitely a fighter."

Whatcom led most of the game and made clutch free throws while executing its offense to hold on for the win in the final minutes.

The Orcas play at Shoreline next at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.


WCC: Milan Woods 12, Nathalie Gruber 12, Alisha Friberg 14, Nikki Gilbert 11, Kortney Grattic 20, Lindy Swanson 0, Mikayla Brown 0, Kayla Tiemersma 11. Totals 23-57 17-22 72.

ECC: Karli Shaw 0, Emma DuChesne 4, Kelsy Rasmussen 14, Kylie Smith 13, Sierra Hagans 11, Ashley Orr 0, Ashley Albertson 11, Katie Weir 0, Seyi Oligioyueghe 12. Totals 27-65 9-15 65.

Half: WCC 40, ECC 31

3-ptg: WCC 9-19 (Friberg 4); ECC 2-9 (Smith/Albertson 1). Rebounds: WCC 40 (Gilbert 10); ECC 38 (Albertson 8). Assists: WCC 18 (Gilbert 8); ECC 16 (Albertson 6). Fouls: WCC 12, ECC 17. Turnovers: WCC 14, ECC 11.

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