The Olympic College women’s basketball team earned its second Northwest Athletic Conference North Division win on Saturday.
The Rangers beat Shoreline College 57-41 at the Bremer Student Center in a doubleheader with the men’s team.
The win for Olympic comes on the heels of a 55-51 win over Whatcom College last Wednesday and improved its North Division record to 2-0.
The Rangers led 23-18 at halftime in a low-scoring first half and turned it on in the second half outscoring Shoreline 21-7 in the third quarter.
Olympic led 27-21 before Shoreline’s Clara Hansen’s 3-pointer closed the lead to 27-24 with 7:14 to go but a Brittni Blake layup off an offensive rebound and a Danielle Monzon layup and made free throw increased the Rangers (3-13 overall) lead to 31-24. Blake’s layup at 5:13 gave OC a 10-point lead, 34-24, as the Rangers went on to take a 44-25 lead into the fourth quarter. Shoreline (2-10, 0-2) outscored the Rangers 16-13 in the fourth, but the lead was never in question as OC kept a seven to 10-point lead most of the quarter.
Olympic spread out its offense as Monzon led with 11 points, two steals and two assists and four rebounds, Katie Campana chipped in nine points and six rebounds and Blake had 16 rebounds and eight points while Natalee Gordon finished with 14 rebounds and seven points. Olympic’s reserves contributed greatly to the win as Shaunya Kahananui finished with eight points, Hailey Simonson added five points and Kiara Sullivan had four points and four rebounds.
Shoreline’s Valerie Bell led all players with 26 points, and had five steals.
OC men lose to Shoreline 99-90
The Olympic College men’s basketball team needed a little more offensive output in the final minutes against Shoreline but couldn’t muster more points as the Rangers lost to the Dolphins 99-90 on Saturday at Bremer Student Center.
Olympic battled back from a 55-47 halftime deficit in a Northwest Athletic Conference North Division game and cut the lead to 64-61 on two free throws by Calvin Dennis with 16:03 left. The scoring margin remained between three to five points until Olympic’s Markel Banks hit a 3-pointer to get within 72-70 with 10:59 to go. Banks’ free throw at 10:22 brought the Rangers within 72-71 but Shoreline (5-10, 1-1) slowly increased the lead to 76-71 about a minute later.
OC (4-11, 0-2) continued to play catch up, staying within a possession or two but each time the Rangers gained ground Shoreline would counter and increase its lead.
Dawit Nuguse’s layup with 3:10 left gave the Dolphins an 87-81 lead and David Woodard’s layup followed to make it 91-83 with 1:48 to go as Shoreline went on to secure the win.
Woodard led with 28 points, shooting 11-of-20 from the field. Shoreline shot 52.9 percent from the field.
Dennis of Olympic had 23 points, Jaiden Mosely finished with 19 points and Izaiah Clark had 15 points. Dennis also led with 14 rebounds. OC shot 47.5 from the field but were 27-for-38 from the free-throw line.