Warrior women suffer first loss of the season, 54-48, to YVCC

Yakima Valley remains undefeated in the NWAACC East with the 54-48 victory over the WWCC women.

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YAKIMA — Walla Walla Community College’s women fell from the undefeated ranks with a 54-48 NWAACC East Regional loss to Yakima Valley here on Wednesday.

The loss gives the Warriors a 14-1 overall record, and a 3-1 record and second place in the NWAACC East.

The Yaks take over first place in the East with a 4-0 mark. They are 12-4 on the season.

The Warriors defeated the Yaks 82-74 in tournament play on Nov. 22, 2009.

"They didn’t have one of their best players, so they’re a different team now," WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. "They’re good. Despite our record, it would have been an upset for us to beat them (on their home court).

"We were up 47-45 with 2:30 left to play," Hazeltine said. "Their Anna Marchbanks hit two-straight shots, and they went up 49-47 with 1:57 left, and we had to foul.

"So Katie Isham committed a foul, and the official called an intentional foul," Hazeltine said.

"That surprised me," she added.

Hazeltine said sending opponents to the line was an expected strategy often employed in such late-game situations.

"But that (intentional foul) gave them two free-throws and the ball out of bounds, so we had to foul again," Hazeltine said. "And they scored again. We did not score a single basket in the final seven minutes of the game.

"We had a few chances to win," Hazeltine said. "But they are so physical and so athletic, and they didn’t have their best defender (Rosetta Adzasu) in November.

"They are far-and-away the best team that we’ve played."

On the positive side, led by Nancy Johnson’s 10 boards, the Warriors outrebounded the Yaks 39-27.

On the other hand, YVCC protected the ball a bit better, suffering 22 turnovers to the Warriors’ 32 bobbles.

While the Warriors hit 17-of-41 attempts from the floor, including 3-of-6 3-pointers, for a 41.5-percent accuracy rate, the Yaks took 63 shots and hit 21, including 5-of-14 3-pointers, for a 33.3-percent accuracy rate.

And Walla Walla had 22 chances from the free-throw line and made 11, while the Yaks went 7-for-9 at the line.

Katie Isham led the Warriors with 13 points, and Cierra Silverthorn scored 11 points.

Adzasu led the Yaks with 18 points, and Marchbanks chipped in 16.

"Defensively we held them to 21 points in the first half," Hazeltine said. "But they upped the pressure on us, and we turned the ball over way too much, and we didn’t get a lot of shots off.

"It’s tough to win up there, and they exposed some weaknesses," Hazeltine said. "We have to get better offensively.

"They are a very good team," she added. "We look forward to playing them again (at the Dietrich Dome, Feb. 10)."

The Warriors play Wenatchee next, at the Dietrich Dome with a 4 p.m. start on Saturday.

WALLA WALLA CC (48) — Dreadfulwater 0-1 0-0 0, Wolff 0-0 0-0 0, S. Isham 1-3 1-2 3, VanderEsch 0-0 0-0 0, Tucker 1-6 1-2 4, K. Isham 4-7 4-8 13, Johnson 3-12 2-3 8, Hutcheson 1-3 1-2 3, Silverthorn 4-5 2-4 11, Berghammer 3-4 0-1 6. Totals 17-41 11-22 48.

YAKIMA VALLEY CC (54) — Jones 1-3 0-0 2, French 0-2 0-0 0, Roe 0-1 0-0 0, Gray 0-1 0-0 0, Marchbanks 7-18 2-3 16, Adzasu 5-15 5-6 18, DeRosier 3-12 0-0 8, Urquhart 2-5 0-0 4, Fenumiai 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 21-63 7-9 54.

Halftime score — WWCC 26, YVCC 21. 3-point goals — WWCC 3-6 (S. Isham 0-1, Tucker 1-2, K. Isham 1-2, Silverthorn 1-1), YVCC 5-14 (French 0-1, Roe 0-1, Gray 0-1, Marchbanks 0-1, Adzasu 3-5, DeRosier 2-5). Total fouls—WWCC 13, YVCC 20. Fouled out— WWCC (None), YVCC (Marchbanks). Technical fouls—WWCC (K. Isham), YVCC (None). Rebounds— WWCC 39 (Johnson 10), YVCC 27 (Jones 7). Turnovers— WWWC C 32, YVCC 22. Assists— WWCC 2 (Tucker, Berghammer), YVCC 11 (DeRosier 4).

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