OLYMPIA - Pierce College women's basketball team did not get a friendly reception on the court Wednesday night. The Raiders were able to jump out to a 6-0 lead on the South Puget Sound Community College Clippers, but that's when things got messy.
The Clippers went on a 34-0 run and had a 40-15 lead by halftime as SPSCC beat Pierce 80-29.
Kaelyn Bristol, a Capital High School graduate, registered her fifth consecutive double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Her point total tied Amanda Homann to lead the Clippers. Courtnie Wilson (13), Katie Carns (11) and Alissa Wright (10) also scored in double figures.
Adrenna Sherman led the Raiders with 13 points.
The hot-shooting Clippers made 54.5 percent of their shots, going 36-for-66 from the floor. The Raiders could only make 15.1 percent (8-for-53).
SPSCC (12-8 overall, 6-3 NWAACC) plays at Lower Columbia (11-7, 7-2) on Saturday at 5 p.m. and has a chance to move up in the standings.
PIERCE 50, SPSCC 49
Michael Ward scored 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, but SPSCC's rally fell short against the West Division-leading Raiders.
South Puget Sound (2-18, 0-9) trailed by eight at halftime before making its run. Matt Jordan added nine points, while Ward and Matt Grobins each grabbed a team-high five rebounds. Chris Scott added six assists and four steals.
Michael Wright suffered through a 3-for-17 shooting night but still collected 10 points and 17 rebounds - eight on the offensive end.
Teammate Scott Halasz added 10 points to lead Pierce (14-7, 8-1), which leads Highline by a full game in the division standings.
Neither team shot better than 32 percent, and SPSCC forced 21 turnovers while committing just 11.