Spokane's Johnson surpasses 450 basketball victories
This is Bruce Johnson’s 23rd year as head coach of the women’s basketball team for the Community Colleges of Spokane. He assisted Paul Tikker for three years prior to taking over for the 1988-89 season. His current overall record 463 wins and 217 losses and his current overall Eastern Region record is 198 wins and 98 losses. Coach Johnson has been selected Easter Region Coach of the Year four times, most recently for the 2005-06 season.
Spokane recently qualified for its 16th appearance in the NWAACC Championship Tournament under Coach Johnson and its 8th entry in the past ten years. Two of his most successful seasons featured the 2000-2001 and the 2008-09 runner-up teams. The 2000-01 teams still holds the record for most wins in a season, finishing 28-4. That team included Bernice Stime (Tobeck) who later earned a scholarship to play at Gonzaga University during the beginning of the Kelly Graves era. Coach Tobeck is currently Spokane’s first assistant.
This year’s current Sasquatch team has continued the success of the past. Spokane finished the regular season with a 10-4 Eastern Region record and 20-6 record overall. The Lady Sasquatch are currently ranked #2 in the latest NWAAACC Horizon Air Coaches Poll. They are averaging 70 points per game and holding opponent to 56 points per game.
The team is being led sophomores Brooke Randall, Korrie Bourn and Karinne Tuttle. Brook is averaging a team best, 19.7 points per game which is good for number four in the 36-team NWAACC. Korrie is averaging 16 points, 9 rebounds and an NWAACC leading 4 steals per game. Karinne has been solid at the point, averaging 5 assists per game.
One of the currents team’s strengths has been its resiliency. They have overcome the loss of starting sophomore post Jessica Sosnowski to season ending knee surgery as well as sophomore wing Kim Smith. Kim injured her knee as the end of last season and is red shirting. Add to the list of injured is local produce, Jenna Humphrey (Shadle Park) to ankle surgery early in the season. All three players were expected to either be starters or key contributors.
Spokane is looking to improve on last year’s team that finished 19-10 overall, 3rd in the Eastern Region and finished 5th at the NWAACC Championship Tournaments.
Spokane is entering the NWAACC Championship Tournament as the Eastern Region’s #3 seed and will take on the North Region’s #2 seed Whatcom Community College at 8:00 am on Saturday, March 5th at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA.