Second-half rally falls short for Clark

Women’s team out of NWAACC Tournament

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KENNEWICK — The Clark College women’s basketball team finished out its time in Kennewick with a 98-94 loss to Umpqua on Monday morning.

In the first half, Clark shot almost 39 percent from the field while Umpqua shot 63 percent. The Riverhawks were up 51-45 as the teams headed to the locker rooms.

Umpqua went on a 10-0 run in the first three minutes of the second half.

Clark started its comeback with guard Deborah Simmers making two baskets while teammate Clara Russell netted a three to tie the game, 86-86, with four minutes left in regulation.

“I really was thinking at this point that we were going to win,” coach Nancy Boone said. “I mean we came back from being down by a lot to ending up tying the game. Unfortunately the way things turned out our team is having to head home. And pretty soon we as a team will start this whole process over again.”

As the clock ticked down the Penguins were able to grab the lead once but could not maintain it.

“One day the shots will be falling for you, but the next they don’t,” said Chelsea Dyson, who added 22 points. “Today was just one of those days that it just didn’t happen for us.”

The Penguins ended the game with 11 turnovers compared to their opponent’s 30.

“It’s hard to lose a game like this. I feel like we played fairly well,” added Simmers, who had 34 points. “I know that my teammates put 100 percent into this game and that is what I can say I am proud to be a Penguin.”

Clark ended their playoff run being 1-2 and 21-8 overall.

“For some of these girls the basketball journey is over and for some of them this is just a stepping stone,” Boone said. “I hope this time of being a Penguin sticks with them, because I know their time here is already becoming a legacy.”