WWCC women win in pink, clinch NWAACC tourney

Tai Jensen scores 24 points as the Warriors withstand a late rally to defeat Spokane, 62-56, on Breast Cancer Awareness Night.

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Spokane's Carli Elwin goes up against WWCC's Tai Jensen during the Warriors' Wednesday night win at the Dietrich Dome.

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Going into a temporary state of pink panic during breast cancer awareness night Wednesday at the Dietrich Dome, pink-jersey clad Tiffany McDonald looks on nervously from the bench with Spokane in the middle of a second period rally. The rally fell short and Walla Walla prevailed.

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College post Tai Jensen score a game-high 24 points and the Warriors withstood a second-half surge by Spokane to post a 62-56 victory in NWAACC Eastern Region women's basketball action Wednesday night in the Dietrich Dome.

WWCC, No. 4 in the latest NWAACC coaches poll, guaranteed the program its 12th-straight appearance in the NWAACC Championship Tournament - scheduled for March 3-6 in Kennewick - with the Breast Cancer Awareness Night triumph. Walla Walla improved to 8-3 in league and 17-6 overall.

Spokane fell to 1-9 and 6-16.

The Warriors - who experienced a first-half drought of six minutes without a field goal that included a five-and-a-half minute spell that failed to yield a point - broke away from an 11-11 tie at the midway point of the first half by launching a 19-6 run over a six-minute span to claim a 30-17 lead by the 3:56 mark. Jensen had 10 points during the stretch.

Walla Walla led 31-23 at halftime.

The Warriors expanded their lead to as many as 24 points, 53-29, in the second half before Spokane closed to within five, 61-56, in the game's final minute. But that is as close as the Sasquatch would get.

"We put pressure on them and they struggled the whole game," WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said.

The Sasquatch turned the ball over 17 times. WWCC converted the blunders into 19 points.

"We were up 24 and I wanted to sub and change (things) up a little bit," Hazeltine said. "The momentum shifted big time. I took the momentum away.

"I liked how we were in spots," Hazeltine said. "We showed signs of being really good. But in the last five or six minutes, we weren't and they were."

Leslie Stillar and Hailey Felgenhauer joined Jensen in double figures with 16 and 10 points, respectively.

Another noteworthy performance, according to Hazeltine, came from reserve guard Michelle Seitz, who registered a game-high 10 rebounds and six assists.

Laikyn Brophy led Spokane with 19 points and was the only Sasquatch player in double figures.

The Warriors travel to Moses Lake Saturday to face Big Bend at 2 p.m.

WWCC 62, Spokane 56

SPOKANE (56) - Humphrey 0-0 0-0 0, Buttrey 1-6 0-0 2, Tareski 0-3 0-0 0, Hicks 1-8 0-0 3, Jacobs 0-0 0-0 0, Wilson 3-6 1-1 8, Tullis 4-7 0-0 9, Brons 0-3 2-2 2, Cook 2-3 0-0 4, Elwin 3-11 0-0 7, Brophy 8-15 3-4 19, Abbott 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 23-65 6-7 56.

WWCC (62) - Seitz 1-4 2-5 4, Klarich 1-5 2-2 4, Hawkins 0-2 0-0 0, Stillar 5-9 3-4 16, Pfeferle 0-3 0-0 0, Humphries 0-4 0-0 0, Felgenhauer 4-11 2-2 10, Edmunson 0-2 1-2 1, McDonald 1-1 1-2 3, Jensen 8-13 8-12 24. Totals 20-54 19-29 62.

Halftime - WWCC 31-23. 3-point goals - CCS 4-17 (Wilson 1-2, Tullis 1-2, Hicks 1-3, Elwin 1-5, Tareski 0-1, Brons 0-1, Buttrey 0-3), WWCC 3-11 (Stillar 3-5, Hawkins 0-1, Pfefferle 0-1, Felgenhauer 0-1, Klarich 0-3). Total fouls-CCS 20, WWCC 11. Fouled out- CCS (Tullis). Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- CCS 42 (Buttrey 5, Hicks 5, Wilson 5, Elwin 5, Brophy 5), WWCC 45 (Seitz 10). Turnovers-CCS 17, WWCC 14. Assists- CCS 11 (Buttrey 6), WWCC 11 (Seitz 6).

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