Clark basketball sweeps Grays Harbor

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Updated: January 15, 2014, 10:22 PM

 

Six players scored in double figures as the Clark College women’s basketball team beat Grays Harbor 88-59 Wednesday at O’Connell Sports Center.

Clark (5-0, 13-2) forced 25 turnovers, mostly forced by their full-court press.

“Our press action is getting better,” Clark coach Al Aldridge said. “We’re getting a lot more turnovers for effort in press, but our quarter-court defense I’m not happy with.”

Nicolette Bond led all scorers with 18 points and also had six assists. As a team, Clark shot better than 54 percent from the field in winning its 11th straight game.

Clark’s Brooke Bowen had 12 points and seven rebounds. She was named the NWAACC Player of the Week on Wednesday.

Clark 103, Grays Harbor 77 — Collin Spickerman scored 26 points and 15 rebounds as the Clark men won their 11th in a row.

Kyle Thurston added 20 points, including 5-for-5 on 3-pointers.

The Penguins shot nearly 53 percent from the field, including 14-for-26 from 3-point range.

"We just keep talking to them about attitude and effort," Clark coach Alex Kirk said. "That's been our mission as of late. Results will come if the attitude is right and we give the effort that we need."

Clark, ranked No. 1 in the NWAACC coaches poll, improved to 5-0 in league and 13-1 overall. The Penguins hold a one-game lead in the West Division over Highline.

"I'd be lying if I said we don't talk championship," Kirk said. "But to some extent, we started looking ahead too early. They say 'heavy is the head that wears the crown.' We sensed that was becoming a big weight on their back. So we told them to just go out and have fun."