Clark women post big victory at Tacoma

Men's team comes up short on final shot

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Dominique Johnson scored 22 points and Battle Ground High grad Nicolette Bond added 20 points as the Clark College women's basketball team defeated Tacoma 71-50 in an NWAACC West Divison game Saturday at Tacoma.

"It was a great win for us," Clark coach Al Aldridge said. "Dominique and Nikki had great games."

Johnson made 10 of 19 shots from the field and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line and added five steals.

Bond made 6 of 10 from 3-point range and had four steals. Aldridge said Bond made two 3-pointers in the first 30 seconds of the game.

"It was 6-zip before we could take a breath," Aldridge said.

Ashlie Nguyen led Clark in rebounding with 11.

Clark (7-9, 5-1), which has won five of its last six games, made 14 of 15 free throws and scored 19 points off 18 Tacoma turnovers.

"And we weren't pressing. Just playing halfcourt defense," Aldridge said.

Clark next visits No. 4-ranked Centralia on Wednesday.

Click here for Saturday's women's boxscore

Men: Tacoma 59, Clark 56 — The Penguins went for the win with a last-second 3-point shot, but it fell short and NWAACC eighth-ranked Tacoma escaped with the victory.

Phillip Hertz scored 14 points and Sam Jurgenson had 13 for Clark (9-6, 2-4), which has now lost four straight.

Clark coach Alex Kirk said he challenged his players to come out and compete and the Penguins responded.

"This was a step in the right direction," Kirk said. "We played at a high level. Their coach told me it was the best they have been guarded all season."

Clark led 27-25 at the half, but finished the game 0 for 15 from behind the 3-point arc.

Click here for Saturday's men's boxscore