By Drew Raher
SHORELINE – The Shoreline women were determined to come away on top against Grays Harbor College in a hard fought 74-71 victory. After struggling through a poor shooting first half, the Dolphins found their groove in the second as they outscored their opponent by 10 points. Grays Harbor could not sustain their first momentum because of their loose handling of the basketblal. The visiting Chokers racked up 23 turnovers, while Shoreline only gave away the ball 9 times.
Not only did Shoreline win the turnover battle, but the Dolphins also dominated the glass with 7 offensive rebounds. With an advantage on the boards and in the turnover margin, Shoreline hustled their way to a handful more possessions, which ultimately may have earned them the victory.Bianca Benavides (So., Tukwila, WA) led the charge with six offensive boards to go along with 13 points. Justice Perry (Fr., Skyway, WA) snagged a team-high of 10 rebounds in only 15 minutes of floor time. Perry ranks 4th in the NWAACC for rebounding average with 11.25 boards per game.
Finishing at a 43% clip from the floor gave Grays Harbor a slim lead at th eend of the first half. Emily Cox (Fr., Las Vegas, NV) led the way with 15 points, collecting the majority of those at the charity stripe where she was 10 of 12 from the line. Amber Fifield (Fr., Oregon City, OR) chipped in with 14 points on 50% shooting.
Bianca Russell (So., Salem, OR) scored 10 points and pulled odwn a team-high 12 boards in pursuit of her first double-double of the season.
The Dolphins’ Breyana Dutro (Fr., Kalihi, HI) totaled a game high 17 points and dished out six assists on the day. Dutro has averaged 16.25 points per game in the early going, which ranks her just outside the top 10 of the NWAACC’s leading scorers. Her ability to go coast-to-coast in only a few dribbles puts immediate pressure on the transitioning defense. Right behind Dutro was Emily Wilbur (So., Townsend, MT) who provided a steady scoring threat form the perimeter. Wilbur tallied 16 points and 7 rebounds.
Shoreline Community College (1-2) will continue their home stretch against South Puget Sound Community College on Thursday, December 5th. Stay tuned to the Shoreline Athletics News for complete coverage of all Dolphins action taking place around the region as pre-season continues for the Dolphins.