WNCC women find success at Ambassador Classic in Colby, Kansas
     2012-11-15      By Press Release   
Jess Samorodova 
COLBY, Kan. – The Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team put three players in double figures in posting their third victory of the season after dropping Colorado Northwestern Community College 58-41 in the second day of the Ambassador Classic in Colby, Kan.

Jess Samorodova paced all scorers with 14 points followed by Idil Ozbayrak with 12 points and Gritt Ryder with 10 points.

WNCC head coach Dave Harnish said they once again played pretty good first-half defense, but they still have to improve their shooting.

“Defensively, I thought we were strong all game, holding then to 22 points in the first half, and I think the defense was pretty solid,” Harnish said. “We played well and caused 36 turnovers. What we aren’t doing is capitalizing the turnovers into points. We are still struggling in that part. We also had 22 turnovers.”

The Cougars held a slim 27-22 halftime lead and then came out in the second half and played strong defense, holding the Spartans to just 19 points.

The Cougars had a balanced scoring attack in the game. After the three double figure scorers, Jessica Aratani and Shalisa Moffit each had six points.

The Cougars nailed just 1 of 7 from the 3-point area and were 13 of 24 from the free throw line. Ozbayrak had a team high nine steals, while Samorodova had nine rebounds, followed by six each from Ryder and Ashley Stevens.

Harnish said he is pleased to be unbeaten right now, especially with the number of freshmen and newcomers that are on the team.

“You have to be happy being 3-0 especially how we are playing defense,” Harnish said. “Now, if we can get our offense going we will be a pretty good team right now.”

The Cougars, 3-0, will wrap up the Ambassador Classic on Saturday when they face Fort Carson Army Base at 1 p.m. WNCC will then return home to host Colorado Christian junior varsity on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

WNCC (2-0) 27 31 – 58
CO Northwestern 22 19 – 41

WNCC
Kelsey Doddridge 3, Shalisa Moffit 6, Jessica Aratani 6, Lauren Rivera 1, Idil Ozbayrak 12, Jess Samorodova 14, Gritt Ryder 10, Mikayla Brower 2, Ashley Stevens 2, Katie Kerkhoff 2.


WNCC holds CCC to five points at half


COLBY, Kan. – The Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team held Colby Community College to just five first-half points in racing to a 62-24 win over the Trojans to open up the Ambassador Classic in Colby, Kan., on Thursday.

“The first half we were exceptional on defense only allowing them to five points,” WNCC coach Dave Harnish said. “We played pretty good defense and we didn’t turn it over that many times. The only thing we didn’t do was shoot very well.”

The Cougars raced out to a 36-5 halftime lead because of their aggressive defense that resulted in a number of turnovers.

“We started out in the first half and pressed and caused turnovers,” Harnish said. “We also controlled the boards. They had us down by out rebounding them 48-43.”

The Cougars saw a balanced scoring lineup as everyone scored by Gritt Ryder. Jess Samorodova paced all scorers with 14 points followed by Ashley Stevens with nine points and Idil Ozbayrak with seven points. Stevens also pulled down 10 rebounds on the night.

WNCC also received six points from Lauren Rivera, and five points each from Kelsey Doddridge, Jessica Aratani, and Katie Kerkhoff.

The Cougars, 2-0, will continue play in the Ambassador Classic when they face Colorado Northwestern at 2 p.m. on Friday. Harnish said Colorado Northwestern has plenty of good athletes and his team needs to be ready to play just like they were today against Colby.

“They press and they are pretty athletic,” he said. “They are a team that presses a lot and we have to handle the ball a little bit better and control the tempo of the game.”

WNCC (2-0) 36 26 – 62
Colby CC 5 19 – 24

WNCC
Kelsey Doddridge 5, Michelle Brassard 2, Jessica Aratani 5, Lauren Rivera 6, Idil Ozbayrak 7, Jess Samorodova 14, Mikayla Brower 3, Maurissa Ortega 2, Jenna Lindquist 2, Alyssa Yates 2, Ashley Stevens 9, and Katie Kerkhoff 5.

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