February 15, 2011 in Sports

Galloway pays final visit to area

By Correspondent
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Northern Arizona senior Jenna Galloway, a Ferris High School grad, will return home to help the Lumberjacks take on Eastern Washington on Thursday.
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Ninth-ranked UCLA gets another shot a No. 3 Stanford at noon Sunday at UCLA (FSN). The Cardinal has won 50 straight games against Pac-10 teams. … Washington State swept Cal for the first time in 13 seasons, winning its third Pac-10 road game, the first time in 13 seasons with more than two. The Cougars’ six Pac-10 wins are the most since 1996. … Idaho swept Boise State for the first time in 14 seasons. … Eastern Washington senior Kyla Evans, who has missed most of the league season with back problems, knocked down five 3-pointers in Seattle last week to set the school record with 197. … Eagle senior Julie Piper, the reigning Big Sky MVP, has moved into the school top 10 in six different categories, including ninth in scoring (1,118) and eighth in rebounding (724). She has never missed a game and is 10th on the career list with 112, 105 of them starts. Gonzaga senior Janelle Bekkering (civil engineering) and Portland senior Tara Cronin (G-Prep, mechanical engineering) were selected to the District 8 all-academic first team with Idaho’s Yinka Olorunnife (exercise science) on the second team. … Cronin, who had 19 points in a win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday and a 14-11 double-double against Pepperdine on Thursday, needs 50 points in the final five regular season games to get to 1,000 for her career. … Olorunnife has 974 rebounds in her career, 32 short of the Vandal record and 52 from the WAC mark. … Montana State raced past Sacramento State with all five starters scoring in double figures, led by Lyndi Seidenstick (Lewis and Clark) with 21 off a season-best five 3-pointers. … Portland State’s five-game winning streak came to an end at Idaho State despite the third double-double (15-11) in the last four games by Kelli Valentine (Mead).

Setting up a showdown

Freshman Loree Hill (Central Valley) hit four of five shots and both her free throws for a career high 11 points in just 12 minutes as 10th-ranked Lewis-Clark State rallied from 11 down to defeat Rocky Mountain College 65-61 on Saturday. The Warriors held the Bears without a field goal in the last 10 minutes and Kirsi Voshell (Pullman) broke a tie with 9 seconds left. … There is a showdown for first place in the Frontier Conference Saturday in Lewiston with No. 9 Westminster (22-5) visiting the Warriors (23-3). Both are 9-2. … Alysha Green (Mead) led Carroll College to a 58-54 upset at Westminster with 13 points, just two days after the Saints’ worst loss of the season, 82-57 at LC State.

Jenna Galloway is coasting now, taking just enough credits to be eligible to finish up her senior season of basketball for Northern Arizona.

That gives the communications major from Ferris, who could have graduated in December, plenty of time to reflect.

The most pressing subject is the Lumberjacks’ visit to Eastern Washington on Thursday.

“I think it’s going to be really exciting,” the 5-foot-11 wing said. “I have never won there. This is the last chance. It means a lot that family, friends, teachers, old coaches come watch. There is going to be some sadness, I’ll never play in front of those people again. Still, it will be really cool to see those people come out. I think I’m going to look at it in a positive way that so many people care about me.”

She is one of the members from the local Class of 2007 that saw seven players from the Greater Spokane League receive Division I basketball scholarships. Galloway was in the top 10 in scoring and a second-team All-Greater Spokane League pick as a senior.

“It really is incredible if you think about it,” she said. “There was so much talent that year. … And seeing how their careers developed and the people they have become, it really is cool. I guess I’m just proud of our class.

“We represented Spokane pretty well, where we’ve gone to play and how we’ve carried ourselves.”

Galloway has had an up-and-down career, starting more often than not with a career-high 7.3 points a game as a freshman when she had 17 starts. As a junior, she was second on the team in rebounds with 4.3 a game.

“There’s been a lot of learning,” she said. “College sports aren’t necessarily as glamorous as people make them out to be. There is a lot of work, a lot of tears, a lot of joys. For the most part it’s been very positive for me.

“The school is great, I love the university, I love the town. I’ve met some of my best friends here. I finally figured out what I wanted to do.”

Galloway, an academic all-league pick throughout her career, started in business but found a passion for broadcasting with a minor in journalism, writing for the school newspaper.

“My dream job would be doing sideline reporting for ESPN,” she said. “If that dream doesn’t work out I would be completely content doing sports for a news station or writing.”

Though she attends the Big Sky school furthest from home, it was the right choice for her.

“Basketball has been a good experience,” she said, traveling from Florida to Hawaii. “It’s been fun. Looking back it’s definitely the right place for me. It’s kind of sad it’s ending but it’s been a great experience for me.”

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