Top-ranked Umpqua CC women pull away from Clackamas CC, 97-92
Sophomore forward Bria Thames finished with a team-high 27 points to lead five Umpqua Community College players in double figures, pacing the undefeated Riverhawks to a 97-92 Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball road win Saturday over Clackamas Community College.
Kelli Frieze and Tynesha Parnell scored a combined 31points off the Umpqua bench and were instrumental during a 22-12 run in the final 5:49 of the third quarter that turned a three-point deficit into a 69-62 lead for the Riverhawks.
Parnell finished with a season-high 18 points, Jordan Stotler and Frieze had 13 points each, and Taylor Stricklin added 11 points as the top-ranked Riverhawks (20-0, 7-0 South) snapped Clackamas' eight-game win streak.
"We had said all along that somebody was going to have to step up against Clackamas, but we had no idea who it was going to be," Umpqua coach Dave Stricklin said. "In the first half, it was nobody. In the second half, Kelli Frieze and Tynesha Parnell stepped up and made a huge difference."
Nicole Hermosillo-Wright scored a game-high 33 points for Clackamas and Alia Parsons added 23 points off the bench for the Cougars (15-4, 6-1), who fell back into a second-place tie with Lane, a game behind Umpqua.
"About halfway through, our defensive transition … we just kind of lost it," Cougars coach Jim Martineau said. "We were up two or three and kind of controlling the tempo, and then Umpqua did a good job of rebounding and pushing the ball, and we just didn't do a good job of finding people in transition.
"Then Umpqua brought some people off the bench and we let them shoot shots as we were trying to take away other kids, and they stepped up and hit some shots."
Parsons knocked down her second three-pointer of the fourth quarter to pull Clackamas within 72-68 with 8:31 remaining, but Umpqua responded with a 20-8 outburst led by the two key reserves -- Frieze, the 5-foot-9 freshman guard out of North Douglas High School in Drain, and Parnell, the 5-5 freshman guard from Portland's Cleveland High School.
"After we went a little bit smaller, we were able to get the ball out and push it and the majority of the points that we scored in the second half were in transition," Dave Stricklin said. "We didn't get a lot off of the half-court offense.
"We got it because those two role players were able to get the ball down the floor and push it and got some open shots before Clackamas got its defense set."
Umpqua shot 43.2 percent (35 for 81) from the field, 36.7 percent (11 for 30) from three-point range, and 84.2 percent (16 for 19) from yhe free-throw line. The Riverhawks also had a 50-43 edge in rebounds.
Clackamas shot 44.4 percent (36 for 81) from the field, 35.9 percent (14 for 39) from three-point range, and 75 percent (6 for 8) at the foul line.
"We're undersized, so we have to pick and choose how we defend and what we do," Martineau said. "I thought for the most part, our game plan worked pretty well. We had about seven minutes in the third where we didn't rebound great and our defensive transition could have been a little better.
"All in all, I was pretty pleased with how we played offensviely agaisnt them, because we struggled to score the first time we played them. We've got to figure out how to keep it fast-paced, but not give up the lay-ups in transition."