The Clark College women’s basketball team found its shooting touch, was dominting on defense, and — oh, yeah — played a team that is really struggling right now. That combination turned into a rout of epic proportions.
Nikki Bond was 6 of 7 from 3-point range, Dominique Johnson was 5 of 7 from beyond the arc, and the Penguins crushed South Puget Sound 115-18 on Wednesday at the O’Connell Center.
“You hold someone to 18 points in 40 minutes of basketball, even if they aren’t very good, that’s still a really good effort,” Clark coach Al Aldridge said. “Getting 60 points off turnovers is gigantic.”
Clark forced 41 turnovers. Bond and Johnson each scored 23 points. Toni Doroha added 14. Andrea Smith (11), Chelsea Karvia (11) and Lauren Heller (10) also reached double figures. Smith led Clark with eight rebounds and also had five assists. Jade Bowie had five assists, as well. Clark outrebounded South Puget Sound 41-18.
At Clark men 73, South Puget Sound 64 — Sean Price had 20 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Penguins. A 43-28 rebounding edge and 12 second-chance points helped Clark (8-2) win the West Division opener for both teams. Phillip Hertz scored 17 points and Daniel Moore 13 for Clark.
Clark coach Alex Kirk said the Penguins improved rebounding in the second half was key to the win.
Kirk said the game wasn’t pretty, and at time looked as if it would slip away from his team, but that the end result was satisfying.
“Sometimes in conference you’ve just got to gind it out and find a way to get it done,” Kirk said.
Clark’s men and women play Saturday in Burien against Highline.