Clackamas CC runs away from Portland CC in league opener, 86-50
Clackamas Community College's C.J. Buckley and the rest of the Cougars made winning look easy Thursday night.
Almost too easy.
Buckley scored 16 of her game-high 20 points in the first half and four other Clackamas players also scored in double figures as the Cougars breezed to an 86-50 road win over Portland Community College in the Northwest Athletic Conference South Division opener for both teams.
Savannah Duarte had 12 points and six rebounds off the Clackamas bench and Audrey Barden and Ambreece Gaskins added 11 points each for the Cougars, who jumped out to leads of 25-5 in the first quarter and 57-13 at halftime in their first game since Dec. 9.
"We gave the team eight days off over Christmas and then came back and practiced hard for the last six," Cougars coach Jim Martineau said. "You never know after a layoff like that, and we've gotten beat up here two of the last three years.
"Portland is struggling a little bit this year, but they play hard, so I was super-pleased with the first half. We took good care of the ball and we didn't settle to shoot threes. We were able to run up and down and got lots of lay-ups the first half."
Clackamas shot 60.5 percent (23 for 38) from the field in the first half and 47.1 percent (33 for 70) for the game. The Cougars (5-5, 1-0 South) also finished with a 37-36 edge in rebounds, a 28-14 advantage in assists, and had 13 turnovers to PCC's 17.
"Second half, we made them slow down a little bit and run our stuff, so we weren't able to get as many easy shots," Martineau said. "We didn't shoot it great, so we didn't score as well, but it was fine."
LaTasha Villeda led Portland with 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, and Clar Faber added 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the Panthers (1-10, 0-1).