Sasquatch sighting in Everett - Spokane shocks Umpqua 63-58 - Advances to Championship Game
SPOKANE 63 UMPQUA 58 stats
Game one of the NWAC Women’s Basketball Final Four Championship tipped off a little after 2pm with the #1 ranked Umpqua Community College Riverhawks taking on the co-champion from the east the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch.
With heart and poised, the undersized Sasquatch defeated the UCC Riverhawks 63-58 to earn their place in the NWAC Women’s Basketball Championship game.
Both teams started out in a zone defense with the Sasquatch double teaming 6' 3" UCC freshman Dajanay Powell every time she touched the ball. The Riverhawks zone focused primarily on CCS Brianna King trying to limit her touches.
Spokane offensively moved the ball patiently, but only shot 35% for the quarter. Umpqua attacked the offensive boards in the first quarter gathering 8 which led to 8 second chance points. At the close of the quarter Umpqua led 19-15.
UCC started the second quarter on an 8-4 run with 3 point baskets from Jacque Luaders and Jordan Stotler. Star post player Powell picked up her second foul early in the 2nd quarter and sat for the rest of the quarter.
With Powell out of the game CCS switched to pressure man to man defense and kept the game close while hitting key buckets on the offensive end.
Offensively in the second quarter, the Riverhawks made a concerted effort to run the offense through Stotler who scored 9 points in the quarter. The 6'4" Stotler also had 7 blocks in the first half.
UCC took a 33-30 lead into the half. Leading scorers at the half was Stotler (UCC) 11 points and Katlyn Ward (CC) with 9 points.
At the 7:50 of the third quarter Powell picked up her third foul and CCS went to work taking the lead 43-38. The Sasquatch, behind Katlyn Ward, attacked the basket down low and with timely outside shooting, patiently attacked the UCC defense.
Offensively the Riverhawks became very stagnate and tentative, not scoring a basket for close to 5 minutes. Stotler broke the drought at the 2:23 mark with a 3-point basket.
CCS finished the quarter strong forcing turnovers and hitting big outside shots to lead after three quarters 49-44.
With timely offensive rebounding and great ball movement, Spokane went on 6-2 run take a 55-46 lead with 7 ½ minutes to go in the 4th quarter.
Down 5 with five minutes left, UCC went on a 6-0 spurt to cut it to one. Powell then picked up her 4th personal foul with 2:20 to go.
Three offensive rebounds in a row by CCS helped sustain the offensive momentum for the Sasquatch. Spokane with poise and execution handled the last two minutes flawlessly.
In defeat, the Riverhawks were led by another Stotler triple double (21 pts., 12 rbs., 11 blocked shots) and Dajanay Powell’s 14 points.
CCS was led by Bri King with 16 points and 6 rebounds, Katlyn Ward 14 points, and Carli Moscrip with 11 points.
The Community Colleges of Spokane now play in tomorrow’s championship game against the winner of the Skagit Valley College-Walla Walla Community College. Game time for the championship game is 2:30pm at Everett Community College.
This will be Spokane's fifth championship appearance. CCS's last appearance was 2008 and they won the second of two women's championships 1984.