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COLLEGE BASKETBALL — Career-night for McCracken; Schoenhofer and Purify get set for playoffs

Photo by Whitman College Athletics – Kaylie McCracken

By Ray Hamill — A career season continues to get even better on the college basketball courts for former Arcata standout Kaylie McCracken.

On Saturday, McCracken scored a career-high 29 points in a 66-44 win over Pacific Lutheran, as the Whitman College women’s team improved to 8-2.

The junior shot 11-of-17 from the floor.

The performance capped a very strong weekend for the 2018 Tigers graduate, which also included a 19-point performance in a 68-56 win over the same team on Friday night.

McCracken also had 10 rebounds in each game, giving her two double-doubles.

She was also an impressive 12-of-14 from the free-throw live over the two games, while Saturday’s dominant display included a pair of steals.

McCracken is now averaging 18.4 points and 7.4 rebounds a game for the Blues, who play George Fox on Sunday.

Earlier in the season, McCracken matched her previous career-high with 24 points on three separate occasions.

Also in action over the weekend, former St. Bernard’s standout Makenna Schoenhofer and the Seattle University women lost two games to California Baptist, by scores of 66-64 and 62-46.

 

Schoenhofer saw limited action, finishing with two points two rebounds, a block and a steal in Saturday’s showdown.

The Redhawks are now 11-13 but have dropped four straight heading into this week’s Western Athletic Conference tournament.

Seattle plays New Mexico State on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Also in action later this week, former Eureka standout Bobbie Purify and the William Jessup women tip off the NAIA tournament after a month without a game.

The WJ women will play Lewis-Clark State on Friday at a time to be determined, with the game being streamed live on the Lewis-Clark State athletics website.

In men’s basketball action, meanwhile, former Arcata and College of the Redwoods standout Thomas Nelson is a tournament champion in his first season with Flagler College.

The Saints clinched the Peach Belt Conference championship with a pair of wins over the weekend, improving to 15-2 as they get set to play in the NCAA Division-II tournament this coming Sunday.

Nelson, a junior, has seen limited action off the bench this season for the senior-heavy Saints, who were ranked No. 10 in the nation last week.

Another former CR player, Isaac Puzz was also in action over the weekend, making his debut for Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.

Puzz scored seven points off the bench in the season opener.

For more on his big weekend, see Puzz shines off the bench in Cuesta College debut …

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