Whitney Meier knocked down three late free throws and the NIC women’s basketball team fought off a resilient Yakima team to win 81-78 on Saturday afternoon at Christianson Gymnasium.
Meier finished the game with 26 points, including five three-pointers. She made critical shots down the stretch when it looked like the Yaks were going to use momentum to take control of the game. Ronnie Harris dropped in 14 points to help the effort.
The Lady Cards jumped out to a huge lead early, ultimately leading 22-6 in the first quarter. But the Yaks continued to fight down low and cut the lead to seven at the break. The second half was a back and forth affair the whole way, and the Cards got the in by making more plays in the final couple of minutes.
Sydney Hovde once again dominated the paint, leading the team with 15 rebounds.
Cierra Dvorak set up quality shots all afternoon, and paced the team with five assists.
The win was the Lady Cards’ fourth straight after they had previously lost four in a row. They now sit 5-4 in conference and 14-7 overall. They will look to keep the wins coming when they travel to Pasco, WA to take on Columbia Basin College on Wednesday night. They return home on Saturday, Feb. 10 to host Treasure Valley Community College.