Call them road Warriors.
Playing away from the friendly confines of Dietrich Dome, Saturday Walla Walla Community College defeated Big Bend 79-50, and Friday the Warriors topped Wenatchee Valley 69-42 in Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball action.
Saturday Emily Hancock grabbed 11 rebounds and Jade Skidmore had 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Warriors past Big Bend (11-13, 3-8 NWAC). Skidmore and Cierra Jo McKeown each tallied 16 points to lead Warrior scorers, while Kate Ferentz pumped in 12. The Warriors had a 27-3 edge in points from behind the arc and a 19-8 edge in points off turnovers.
“We didn’t shoot as well as Friday but still played pretty good defense and got some contributions out of other kids,” said WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine. “We used our bench a lot and got a lot out of a lot of people. That’s important when you play back to back games.”
Friday the Warriors broke open a close game with a 28-7 edge in the second quarter and cruised to victory over Wenatchee Valley (8-13, 3-7 NWAC).
“It’s always good to win on the road,” Hazeltine said. “We shot well and rebounded well and at one point we were up 60-20, and it’s kind of hard to stay intense at that point. We went on a 27-1 run between the second and third quarter. Emily Hancock blocked a bunch of shots and got a lot of rebounds, and we were good defensively as a team for three quarters.”
McKeown led the offense with 21 points, while Hancock poured in 12 and Skidmore fired up 11. The Warriors shot 55 percent from the field and 15 percent from the line.
Next up WWCC (16-4, 9-2 NWAC) plays host to Yakima Valley Wednesday and Blue Mountain Saturday, celebrating breast cancer awareness both nights.