Clark women defeat Tacoma

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With all five starters scoring in double figures, the Clark College women’s team remained unbeaten in league play Monday with an 80-61 win over Tacoma at O’Connell Sports Center.

“We passed well to each other,” said sophomore Deborah Simmers, who led the Penguins with 17 points. “We had 23 assists, and that’s pretty good for a team.”

Those 23 assists came on 29 field goals for Clark (17-3, 10-0), which has a two-game lead in the West Division of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. The Penguins also made 18 of 20 free throws.

Clark led 43-34 at halftime and then quickly expanded the lead.

After Simmers muscled in a well-defended layup and Chelsea Dyson stole the ensuing inbounds pass and ended up making two free throws, the Penguins led by 17 points with 9:33 to play.

“There are some defensive things we need to fix, like blocking out,” coach Nancy Boone said. “But we had a lot of people in double-figures, which is what we want. And we’re taking care of the ball better.”