Former Lower Columbia College star Lawrence Russell is having a season to remember in his final collegiate men’s basketball campaign at The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, Calif.
In a recent 97-89 victory over 22nd-ranked William Jessup, Russell netted a career-high 32 points for the fifth-ranked Mustangs’ in their 15th consecutive NAIA Division I victory.
Russell made 11-21 shots including five three-pointers, and numerous drives to the hoop.
“He refused to let us lose,” Mustangs’ coach Kelvin Starr said of Russell on the school’s website.
Russell took advantage of what the Jessup defense gave him.
“I was being aggressive and going downhill,” he said on the school’s website. “They let me get to the basket, so I was just doing it over and over again.”
Another area talent, Centralia’s Hodges Bailey, gave the Mustangs a spark off the bench. He netted 4-5 threes and finished with 14 points.
For William Jessup, Toledo’s Brennan Rakoz had three points, six rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes. Rakoz, a senior center, is averaging 6.2 points and 5.6 rebounds. He netted a season-high 14 points and grabbed five rebounds in a 99-77 win over La Sierra, and had 12 points and six rebounds in a 74-72 loss to Westmont.
Iddings also at The Master’s
Kelso’s Jamilee Iddings, a junior guard with The Master’s women’s basketball team, is averaging 6.2 points and 3.8 rebounds.
In the 15th-ranked Mustangs’ 71-53 win over Evangel of Missouri, Iddings grabbed 10 rebounds. The Mustangs also thumped La Verne 94-58 as Iddings flirted with a double-double with nine points, nine assists and four steals.
Johnson named Player of the Week
After two solid outings, Ex-LCC standout Devin Johnson was named the University of Hawaii-Hilo Pepsi Male Athlete of the Week for the first week of January.
Johnson, a junior forward, had 23 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in a 74-64 loss to Academy of Art, and had eight points and nine rebounds in a 73-65 victory over Notre Dame de Namur. Johnson is averaging 11.4 points and 6.5 rebounds for the season.
Mulder contributes at Whitman
Woodland’s Bryce Mulder, a freshman center at Whitman College, is averaging 3.8 points and 2.0 rebounds off the bench for the nation’s top NCAA Division III squad.
Mulder had nine points and three rebounds in a 122-58 victory over Gallaudet of Washington D.C., and had eight points and five rebounds in a 96-67 win over La Verne of California.
Hankins is consistent
During a recent two-game series against the University of The Fraser Valley, former LCC standout Katie Hankins was the epitome of consistency.
In the first game of the weekend set, Hankins had 10 points and four rebounds for the University of Lethbridge, Canada, in an 82-74 win. One night later, she netted 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 75-56 triumph.
Hankins is averaging 8.7 points and 3.5 rebounds as a senior forward with the Pronghorns.
Kirzy, Hanna solid at WPU
R.A. Long grad Mya Kirzy, and ex-LCC standout Mady Hanna have been strong backcourt contributors for the Warner Pacific University women’s basketball team.
Hanna, a senior, has started 11 of 19 games and is averaging 2.6 points, 3.1 assists, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals. She netted nine points and dished four assists in a 75-53 win over Multnomah University, and had eight points, three assists and two steals in a 90-60 victory over Walla Walla University.
Kirzy, a freshman, has come off the bench in 16 games to average 1.9 points and 1.4 rebounds. She had nine points and four rebounds in an 82-57 win over Pacific Union of California, and had nine points and five rebounds in a 67-57 setback to Evergreen State.