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Demons find their offensive groove in win at Durant

Dec 12, 2012
Lauren Kimball

DURANT — No. 15 Washington finally found its offensive groove on Tuesday night.

The Demons scored a season-high 62 points and won big at Durant, 62-36.

Washington (5-2) led 14-5 at the end of the first quarter, and the Demons stretched their lead to 32-7 by halftime.

“We obviously shot the ball much better than we have all season long,” Washington head coach Phil Long said. “At halftime we almost had our average of 41 with 32 on the board. Eleven of our 12 kids scored in the first half, and that’s what helped us get off to a great start.”

All 12 of Washington’s players scored in the game, with 31 points coming from the Demons’ reserves.

“I was really tickled with that,” Long said. “I made the comment to the girls that I think that’s the first time that we played for 32 minutes where I was pleased with every single kid off the bench.”

Senior Lauren Kimball scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Demons.

“Kimball had the game of her career,” Long said. “She made some great decisions. She knew when to attack the glass and when to step up and hit some critical 3-pointers. She was phenomenal.”

Junior Stephanie Fishback added eight points for Washington, while senior Johannah Vittetoe and juniors Grace Redlinger and Dema Giardino chipped in six points apiece. Senior Natalee Enfield scored five points.

“Offensively and defensively it was a gem of a performance. Durant is a good ball club,” Long said. “It was extremely encouraging.”

Washington travels to Keokuk on Friday night for a key Southeast Conference matchup with the Chiefs.

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