Women: Lower Columbia pulls away from Centralia for seventh placeNWAC Championship Updates
Toyota Center, Kennewick, Wash.
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|2015 5th place Lower Columbia Red Devils|
Lower Columbia prevailed in a rematch of the Western Region's top-two teams, beating the Centralia Trail Blazers 58-53 on Tuesday, March 10 to claim the consolation championship and seventh place overall at the NWAC championships.
The teams kept things close for most of the first half, but with time running short in the first period, the Red Devils got back-to-back fast break buckets from Donniesha Webber and Mady Hanna to run their lead to eight points. Centralia went on to scored the next five, and trailed 26-23 at halftime.
Lower Columbia started the second half on fire. The Red Devils hit four of their first five shots to take a 37-26 lead and led by 12 on two occasions before Centralia went on a run to cut it to 51-48 with just over a minute to play.
But try as they might, Centralia simply couldn't catch Lower Columbia, who hit seven of eight free throws in the final minute and three seconds to ice the game.
Kaylea Knox led all scorers with 22 points, was a perfect six of six from the free-throw line, and knocked down four three pointers in the win.
Molly McIntyre led Centralia with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while finished with 15 points and nine boards.
|2015 6th Place Centralia Trail Blazers|