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WCC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Orcas win numbers game

The numbers were definitely in the Whatcom Community College women’s basketball team’s favor in overtime, and they didn’t let the opportunity slip away Saturday night.

The Orcas claimed a 96-83 victory over visiting Olympic, which played with as few as two players in the overtime period.

“I haven’t seen anything like that in all my years of coaching,” WCC assistant Jim Freeman said in a phone interview. “It was bizarre.”

Olympic started the game with six players in uniform, but four fouled out, including two in regulation.The Orcas (6-10, 1-1 NWAACC) trailed by 18 points with 14 minutes to played, but rallied to tie the game at 76 on a pair of free throws by Stephanie Gair with five seconds to play.

Despite opening overtime with only four players on the floor, Olympic was able to jump out to an 86-83 lead. But Freeman said once they were facing only three players on the court, the double teams started to work in WCC’s favor. Gair led the Orcas with 26 points, while Trisha Mallahan had 24 and Tiffany Tyler scored 15.