Clark men, women sweep Highline

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Austin Bragg recorded a double-double, leading a balanced scoring attack as the Clark College men’s basketball team rolled past visiting Highline 66-49 Saturday at the O’Connell Center.

Clark (12-1 overall, 2-0 NWAACC West Division) also got 12 points from Blake Bowen, 11 from Lucas Swanson and 10 from Devon Kiser.

Clark coach Mike Arnold was also pleased with the Penguins efforts for the boards.

"Highline has been outrebounding teams by 10 to 15 a game," Arnold said. "So for us to outrebound them by nine was really the tale of the tape."

The Penguins, ranked third in this week’s NWAACC coaches poll, led 35-27 at the half and made 41 percent of their shots in the game.

Clark played without starting point guard Derek Owens, who sat out with a groin injury. His status for Clark's next game Wednesday against Green River is unknown.

Highline (2-9, 1-1) was led by Nkoski Ali’s 16 points.

WOMEN: Clark 77, Highline 58 — Chelsea Dyson scored 27 points to go with 11 assists and seven rebounds as the Penguins won their fifth straight game.

Dyson made 8 of 14 shots from the floor and 10 of 11 free-throws as Clark improved to 9-3 overall, 2-0 in the NWAACC West Division.

Deborah Simmers scored 18 points, and Macy Mukensabl 15 for the eighth-ranked Penguins.

“We had 20 assists, which means we had a really nice team game,” head coach Nancy Boone said. “We were up by nine with three minutes to go, but I called a time out and put us back in our press, and immediately we went up. Both teams played a good game tonight, very aggressive.”

Next for both Clark teams is a visit by Green River on Wednesday. The Clark women tip off at 6 p.m. and the men’s game follows.