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Lady Gators roll past Grays Harbor, break losing streak



After a rough start to the league season losing four games in a row, Women's Basketball seems to be turning a corner and they are turning the corner at the right time.

The big reason for the Gators' recent success is Gina Mitchell and Nikki Qualls.

Contributions by Mitchell and Qualls helped the Gators secure a big win over Grays Harbor 82-36. The 46-point victory marks the biggest win for the Gators in the 2014-2015 season, and marks the first time the Gators have won back-to-back games since they opened the season with two victories over Southwest Oregon Nov. 21 and Mt. Hood on Nov. 22.

After shooting just 19 percent from the field in the Gator's blowout loss to Lower Columbia, Mitchell has averaged 13.6 points per game and the Gators have gone 2-1 in that span, with big wins over Tacoma and Grays Harbor. Against Grays Harbor, Mitchell led the Gators with 19 points and 6 assists.

Not to be outdone, Qualls has also stepped her game up as of late. After scoring just two points in the 80-33 loss to Lower Columbia, Qualls has averaged 12.6 points per game, including 18 points from three-point land in the victory over Grays Harbor.

Although these two players have stepped up their game, it has been a complete team effort. In the victory over Tacoma, five different Gators scored in double digits; Qualls and Mitchell with 15 each; Marissa Gardner with a season-high 14; Jessica Norlander with 12; and Jamesa Dubois with 11 off the bench.

In the 82-36 win over Grays Harbor, four different Gators scored in double digits: Mitchell with 19; Qualls with 18; Ashtine Stowers with 14 off the bench; and Samantha Cox with 10.

In the Gators next five games, their opponents all have a record above .500 and currently hold the top five positions in the division.

The Gators will look to keep turning that corner with a crucial match up against division rival Highline on Saturday, Jan. 24, 3 p.m. at The Swamp.