Women’s College Basketball: Blazers Fall to Riverhawks

By The Chronicle

LONGVIEW — Centralia had trouble finding their shot against Umpqua here on Saturday, falling to the Riverhawks 84-57 in a NWAC women’s basketball game at the Red Devil Holiday Classic.

Piper Cai led all scorers with 24 points for the Blazers. Lindsey Nurmi chipped in 15 points and Caitlin Yenne totaled eight rebounds.

Umpqua had five players score in double figures, led by the 19 points of Grace Campbell. Taylor Stricklin added 18 points and Cielo Gonzalez scored 15 points. Darian Mitchell had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

The key different was shooting, with Umpqua converting 51 percent of their field goals while Centralia made just 29 percent. Umpqua also won the rebounding battle, 44-29.

The Riverhawks built a 27-11 lead after one quarter. Centralia won the second quarter but still trailed 41-26 at halftime. Umpqua scored more than 20 points in the final two quarters to preserve the win.

Centralia (6-8) hosts Grays Harbor on Wednesday to open up West Division games.

Friday’s Result

Centralia Shoots Past Portland

LONGVIEW — Centralia shot 41 percent from the field to earn a 68-38 win over Portland in a NWAC women’s basketball game at the Red Devil Holiday Classic here on Friday.

Lindsey Nurmi led all scorers with 19 points. Becca Snaza recorded 12 points and Jamie Connally added 11 points. Piper Cai grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

Khloe Snair led Portland with 10 points.

The Lady Blazers shot 41 percent from the field while holding Portland to 31 percent shooting.

Centralia led 19-12 after one quarter, but the Blazers made it a wide margin in the second quarter, holding Portland to six points to lead 39-18 at halftime.

It was all Blazers in the second half, outscoring Portland 29-20.

Saturday’s Result

At Longview

RIVERHAWKS 84, BLAZERS 57

Umpqua 27 14 22 21 —84

Centralia 11 15 13 18 —57

Umpqua (84) — Campbell 19, Riggle 8, Stricklin 18, Gonzalez 15, Mitchell 12, Gilbert 10, Woodard 2

FG: 32 of 62 —.516 FT: 12 of 14 —.857 Reb: 44 (Mitchell 13)

Centralia (57) — Cai 24, Yenne 5, Connally 4, Wilkerson 4, Nurmi 15, Talapu 2, Snaza 3

FG: 18 of 61 —.295 FT: 16 of 17 —.941 Reb: 29 (Yenne 8)

Friday’s Result

At Longview

BLAZERS 68, PANTHERS 38

Centralia 19 20 17 12 —68

Portland 12 6 11 9 —38

Centralia (68) — Cai 8, Yenne 5, Connally 11, Wilkerson 4, Nurmi 19, Talapu 9, Snaza 12

FG: 25 of 61 —.410 FT: 8 of 17 —.471 Reb: 28 (Cai 9)

Portland (38) — Shorter 4, Villeda 7, McMurry 1, Faber 7, Dominguez 2, Greene 7, Snair 10

FG: 13 of 41 —.317 FT: 10 of 19 —.526 Reb: 32 (Faber 11)

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