T-Birds move to No. 3 in the West
By Thanavin Chum - Staff Reporter
The Lady T-Birds defeated Green River Gators, 59-47, and Piece College Raiders, 52 – 42, to claim a share of third place in the NWAC West.
Sophomore guard Anna Cook played her best game against the Gators, with a season high of 19 points. Cook made nine of her 12 shots along with two steals and two assists.
"She has been working really hard on both ends of the ball. She is someone we feel like we need in the game right now," said Head Coach Amber Mosley.
However, "she was not the main focal point. We need to rely on whoever is getting it done that game," Mosely said.
Sophomore guard Alexis Gleason led the Gators (1-5, 4-16) with 13 points on four of 20 shooting.
Green River outrebounded Highline 20-12, but couldn't shoot. The Gators were 4-25 from three-point range, 17-62 overall, while the T-Birds hit 26-60 and attempted only five treys.
The T-Birds carried the momentum into the next game against the winless Raiders (0-6, 0-18). The T-Birds' bench outscored the Raiders', 21-3.
Highline was led by sophomore forward Jasmine Hansgen, who finished with 12 points on six of 10 shooting, plus 11 rebounds and five steals.
Kaytreona Williams-Mack led Pierce with 14 points and four steals.
Lower Columbia and Centralia are tied for first in the West at 5-1, leaving Highline and Tacoma tied for third at 4-2. Lower Columbia, 18-3 overall, has won four in a row and is ranked fourth in the latest NWAC Coaches Poll.
Highline (7-13 overall) can help nail down a spot in the NWAC tournament in its next two games.
Results from Wednesday's game against Tacoma were unavailable at presstime.
Highline has a bye this Saturday and then hosts Centralia next Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Pavilion.