Wednesday NWAC Hoops Preview
By Jon Sims for the NWAC
Tacoma at Peirce (8pm)
Tonight at 8 pm the Pierce College Raiders host the Tacoma Titans. Both teams have an 8-3 record in west region play and a win for either would mean sole possession of the number two spot in the region.
Pierce holds the advantage in the playoff race having already beat Tacoma on the road in their first matchup 72-69.
The Raider’s victory was led by forward Hussayn Ford’s 22 points, 15 rebounds and 2 blocks, despite an outstanding 29-point performance from Titan’s guard Khalil Thompson.
Pierce held a slight advantage in rebounds and second chance points in the first matchup and continues to be one of the top two teams in the NWAC in total offensive rebounds this season.
If Tacoma can keep Pierce off the glass and limit their 2nd chance point opportunities they're more than capable of stealing a win here on the road.
Other games of note.
Umpqua looks to prove that their upset loss against Clark was nothing more than a fluke. A win for Umpqua would mean clinching a playoff berth. Clark on the other hand won’t go down without a fight being one game back from sharing the second place spot in the south region. View the broadcast beginning at 7:30pm.
By Jon Sims for the NWAC
Skagit Valley at Peninsula (5pm)
Tonight at 5pm the Peninsula Pirates host the Skagit Valley Cardinals. Both teams are tied for first with a 9-2 record in the North region.
This will be their second meeting since Peninsula edged Skagit valley for the 69-66 road victory.
Peninsula was led by Alicia Dugan's 21 points off of a 58% field goal percentage while the Cardinals Mandy Hayes scored 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assist in their last meeting.
The Pirates get to the free throw line more than any other team in the NWAC thanks in large part to the aggressive offensive play by Anaya Rodisha and Jenise McKnight.
Playing at home also gives the Pirates the home crowd advantage but Skagit Valley will be looking to make some noise of their own.
If the Cardinals can continue their dominance on the offensive glass (3rd in the NWAC, 1st in the North Region) and keep Peninsula off the charity stripe they might be able to pull off the upset on the road for the number 1 spot heading into the final week and half of the season.
Other game of note.
Centralia hosts Lower Columbia in a rematch since Lower Columbia defeated Centralia 69-59 in Longview. Both teams share a 10-1 West region record along with the number 1 spot, and both have already clinched a playoff berth. Check out the broadcast starting at 6 pm.