Yakima women beat Clark in first round at NWAACC tournament

Turnovers, fouls plague Penguins in opening-round loss

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KENNEWICK — Clark College fell into the consolation bracket of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges women’s basketball championships with an 80-70 loss Saturday to Yakima in the opening round.

The Penguins maintained a lead going into the second half, but coach Nancy Boone said the team went flat.

“We came back in with a little spark for the first few minutes,” Boone said. “We were ready we just didn’t carry it over.”

Clark forward Macy Mukensnabl led her team with 19 points and eight rebounds.

“It’s tough,” Mukensnabl said of the loss. “We are now out of the running for the championship and when most of us on the team are sophomores, which makes it hurt even more.”

The Penguins attribute the loss to turnovers and foul trouble.

Clark had a total of 34 to Yakima’s 18 turnovers throughout the game and had four players in foul trouble early in the second half.

“We haven’t had that many turnovers in a longtime,” Boone said. “The Yaks really kept the pressure on, although we practiced for the pressure we just couldn’t come through when it counted.”

Leading the Yaks was Simone Jordan with 28, while Brittney Newcomb scored 22 of her 26 points in the second half.

Along with Mukensnabl the Penguins had three other players in double digits: Deborah Simmers scored 17 points, Chelsea Dyson had 15 and Clara Russell added 12.

“I told them afterwards that I love them and was proud of how hard they played,” Boone said. “But, hey — we’re still not done. We could stay another three days if we play with some more high intensity.”

Clark will play the Lane-Peninsula loser at 10 a.m. Sunday.

“We won’t know who we will be playing till later tonight,” Dyson said. “But we know that inorder to stay we have to win. We will be watching film and get rest for the day ahead.”