SPOKANE - Walla Walla Community College picked up a big win over top-ranked Spokane in NWAACC women's basketball Wednesday night.
The Warriors topped the division-leading Sasquatch 83-69. Spokane was also ranked second in the NWAACC.
"I didn't expect to go to Spokane and win by 14," said WWCC head coach Bobbi Hazeltine. "They're already in the tournament and they're in first, so that's a huge win for us."
For the Warriors (8-4 in league, 17-6 overall), it all comes down to Saturday's home match with Big Bend (4-8, 11-13) in their final home league game. They beat Big Bend 79-39 earlier this season. A win Saturday locks them into the NWAACC tournament, depending on the results of Blue Mountain and Yakima games.
"We need to take care of ourselves and worry about us," Hazeltine said. "We took a really big step on the road last night, and if we win Saturday, we're in."
The Warriors opened the game with a 51-37 first half.
Posts Tai Jensen and Stevie Humphries contributed to the big opening stanza, Hazeltine said. Jensen had 11 points in the game and Humphries had nine.
And Spokane native Leslie Stillar contributed big marks in helping the Warriors get the lead.
Stillar had four 3s and 16 points on the night.
"She hit some big 3s to give us a pretty good cushion going into the half," Hazeltine said. "She's from Spokane so she was playing in front of her friends and family, and she had a pretty big game."
Spokane closed a 17-point lead to four in the second, but the Warriors held on.
Shiann Dreadfulwater's 19 points and Janae Klarich's eight helped keep the Sasquatch at bay in the second.
With Spokane just four points down, Klarich his a big 3 to move the lead back to seven.
"She gave us our cushion back, and then hit another big shot down the stretch," Hazeltine said of Klarich, who had two late treys. "She's normally not a shooter but she hit it big for us tonight."
Hazeltine was especially pleased with the Warriors' offensive efforts.
"It seems like we're hitting an offensive stride and that's the part that makes me happy," she said of their last few games. "Earlier in the year we weren't shooting very well, and last night we shot about as well as we could shoot."
The Warriors were 30-for-60 for 50 percent on the night.
Spokane was 25-60 for 41 percent.
Two of the Sasquatch are offensive all-conference players, Hazeltine said.
"They're hard to stop and they hit all their shots," she sad of team leaders Korrie Bourn and Brooke Randall, who had 27 and 24 points, respectively.
Spokane and Columbia Basin have already clinched playoff berths and Walla Walla is on the cusp in third place in the NWAACC East Division.
"This is our biggest game of the year," Hazeltine said of Saturday's match. "If we can win, we're in great shape, but we've got to win. Nothing's set in stone."
WWCC 83, Spokane 69
WWCC (83) - Dreadfulwater 7-10 5-5 19, Klarich 3-6 0-0 8, Wolff 3-7 0-0 7, Stillar 5-13 2-3 16, Pfefferle 2-3 0-0 4, Duncan 2-5 4-5 9, Humphries 3-4 0-0 6, Edmunson 1-3 0-0 3, Jensen 4-9 3-3 11. Totals 30-60 14-16 83.
SPOKANE (69) - Buttrey 2-10 0-0 5, Tuttle 0-1 0-0 0, Jackson 0-2 0-0 0, Tullis 1-2 0-0 2, Bourn 10-19 4-4 27, Brisbois 5-8 0-0 11, Abbot 0-0 0-0 0, Randall 7-18 10-12 24. Totals 25-60 14-16 69.
Halftime score - WWCC 51, Spokane 37. 3-point goals - WWCC 9-16 (Klarich 2-3, Stillar 4-8, Duncan 1-1, Edmunson 1-1, Dreadfulwater 0-1, Wolff 1-2), Spokane 5-13 (Buttrey 1-3, Bourn 3-4, Birshois 1-1, Tuttle 0-1, Randall 0-4). Total fouls - WWCC 15, Spokane 13. Fouled out - Randall (Spokane). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - WWCC 34 (Jensen 7), Sppkane 35 (Randall 9). Turnovers - WWCC 10, Spokane 12. Assists - WWCC 18 (Dreadfulwater 5, Stillar 5), Spokane 10 (Randall 4)