Women: Moore breaks scoring record as 'Wolves claim fifthNWAC Championship Updates
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5th Place Final
|Blue Mountain and Mar'Shay Moore (13) with their 5th-place trophy.|
12 Noon Women -- Blue Mountain 92, Columbia Basin 90 [stats]
Blue Mountain got the last laugh in a wild game of runs, inching past the defending champion Columbia Basin Hawks 92-90 to claim fifth place at the NWAC championships on March 10.
Fifth is the second placing performance in Blue Mountain history, as the Timberwolves were making just their third appearance at the NWAC championships.
But for much of the first half, it looked like the Hawks -- decidedly deeper and fresh off one of the most dominant showings in women's tournament history -- might control things from start to finish. Columbia Basin led for most of the first 15 minutes and by as many as eight points.
Blue Mountain grabbed their first lead of the game at the 5:11 mark of the first period on an offensive rebound and basket from Lexi Chung to go up 28-27.The Wolves led by as many as five points, but Columbia Basin closed the half on an 11-4 run to lead by three at the break.
Just as they did in the first half, the Hawks got off to a solid start in the second. Columbia Basin's lead was six points after Lyndsay Oswalt cleaned up a miss from three point range, but Blue Mountain once again worked to tie the game, this time at 60 with 11:27 remaining in the game.
Back to back field goals from Marissa Caballero put the Hawks back in control with a 68-64 edge, but that was the last gas for Columbia Basin. Blue Mountain went on an 18-4 run to jump on top 82-72 on a bucket from Mar'Shay Moore with 4:17 to play, and the Timberwolves were able to just barely hold off a late rally from Columbia Basin for the 92-90 win.
Moore finished with a game-high 34 points in the win, giving her 123 points in four games at the tournament. The total is a new women's tournament record, breaking the 2014 record of 112 points set by Laci Effenberger of Clackamas.
The Hawks were led by 31 points from Morgan Grier and 24 from Caballero.
|2015 6th place Columbia Basin Hawks|