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Cascade Collegiate Conference Women's Basketball
(Salem, Oregon) - Junior Becky Buhler (Clackamas, Ore.) scored a season-high 22 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field, as Corban's women's basketball team picked up its first win of the season thanks to a commanding 98-67 victory Saturday over Chapman in the final game of the Corban Tip-Off Tournament.
In a game that was dominated by 70 fouls between the two teams that resulted in a combined 97 free throws being attempted, the host Warriors made 36 free throws versus Chapman's 25 makes from the charity stripe.
Buhler was aided offensively by fellow junior Katie Steigleman (Eugene, Ore.), who tallied 19 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field. Sophomore Emily Tsugawa (Gladstone, Ore.), who was on lone from the women's soccer team during the team's break between the end of the regular season and the start of the NCCAA national tournament, made an immediate impact on the court with 15 points on an 11-for-15 showing at the free throw line.
In the opening three-plus minutes, Chapman built an early six-point lead (10-4) before Corban used a 9-0 run over a span of two-plus minutes en route to grabbing a three-point lead (13-10) following a Buhler lay-in with 15:22 on the clock. The host Warriors would push their lead to as much as 24 points (51-27) after a pair of Tsugawa free throws with 20 seconds left in the opening half before settling for a 21-point halftime lead, 51-30.
Over the final twenty minutes, Corban's lead remained at 20-or-more points with the Warriors increasing it to a game-high 35 points (93-58) thanks to a Steigleman fast break lay-in with 3:51 remaining. The Corban crowd of just over 200 spectators inside the C.E. Jeffers Sports Center were looking for the Warriors to crack the century mark, but the host team could not put 100 points on the board as they had to settle for a 31-point victory, 98-67.
All 16 Warriors saw at least two minutes of action, as 12 Corban players scored at least two points in the win. The Warriors' bench provided 36 points led by Tsugawa, while Corban put up 12 fast break points compared to Chapman's zero.
The visiting Panthers were led in scoring by Simone Ibbotson, who tallied 13 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field. Brandi Hood came off the bench to pour in 11 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds, while Tara Glennon added nine points.
Corban would shoot 29-for-57 (50.9%) from the field, while going 4-for-11 (36.4%) from behind the three-point line and 36-for-54 (66.7%) at the free throw line. On the other hand, Chapman was 20-for-63 (31.7%) from the field, 2-for-18 (11.1%) from long distance, and 25-for-43 (58.1%) at the charity stripe.
With tonight's result, Corban improves to 1-3 overall and Chapman falls to 1-1 on its young season. The Warriors will return to the court on Friday, November 26th, against Academy of Art University in the opening game of the Bruce Henderson Memorial Capital City Classic beginning at 7:00 p.m. on the campus of Willamette University.
NOTE: In the opening game of the Corban Tip-Off Tournament, Simon Fraser defeated Cascade Collegiate Conference member Southern Oregon, 88-6
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