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Columbia Basin wins 2012 Women's Basketball Championship

Columbia Basin 70 Yakima Valley 69 - Championship [stats]
Women's Bracket [PDF]

Katherine Samuels was selected the 2012 Women's NWAACC Tournament MVP

The Columbia Basin Hawks led by double digits in the first and second half, and withstood a furious rally by Yakima Valley to hold on and win the NWAACC women’s title for the third time since 2005 by a score of 70-69.

The Hawks scored the first four points of the game and built their lead up to nine points on a field goal from Jennifer Noon with ten minutes left in the first half. Moments later, Ana Jimenez made the advantage double digits for the Hawks with a jumper to make it 26-16.

With just over five minutes left in the half, Tiffany Idler connected with a field goal to put Columbia Basin up by 15 points at 33-18, and Crysta Reynolds hit a shot with six seconds on the clock to give Columbia Basin a 42-27 edge at the break.

The second half belonged to Yakima Valley, as they cut the lead to ten on a field goal from Samantha Zapien, and minutes later came within two points when Brittany Newcomb was fouled while shooting from behind the arc. Newcomb hit all three free throws to make it 46-44 with 13:40 left in the game.

Columbia Basin quickly went back out by nine points, but Yakima Valley answered cutting it back to a three point game at 59-53 when Jamie Cox’s field goal attempt was good with 1:20 left on the clock. On the ensuing possession, Newcomb stole the ball from Columbia Basin’s Jennifer Noon and passed the ball to Kayla Gonzales, who’s game tying three point attempt was off.

Columbia Basin’s Ana Jimenez was fouled on the rebound attempt, and hit one of two from the line to put the Hawks up 60-56 with 39 seconds remaining. Yakima Valley collected the ball and ran down the floor. Newcomb’s three point attempt was off, but Jaimi Cox grabbed the rebound and passed to Simone Jordan, who’s three was right through to make it a one point game with 26 seconds on the clock.

Katherine Samuels was fouled by Newcomb on her way down the floor, and missed her free throw, but both Newcomb or Gonzales would miss their shots, and the buzzer sounded, signaling Columbia Basin’s victory.

Simone Jordan led Yakima Valley with 22 points and eight rebounds.

Idler led Columbia Basin with 18 points and nine boards, while Jimenez filled the stat sheet with 13 points, 5 rebounds, four assists and a steal for the Hawks.

Congradulations to the 2012 NWAACC champion Columbia Basin Hawks!

Game Photos will be available on Thursday.

All-Tournament Team
Most Valuable Player
Katherine Samuels, Columbia Basin

First Team
Tiffany Idler, Columbia Basin
Simone Jordan, Yakima Valley
Sam McCloud, Clackamas
Brittney Newcomb, Yakima Valley
Jennifer Noon, Columbia Basin

Second Team
Brittany Barrington, Bellevue
Lauren Codling, Chemeketa
Jessica Denmon, Skagit Valley
Sienna Edmundson, Walla Walla
Jennifer Johnson, Clackamas

Most Inspirational
Hannah Lekson, Yakima Valley

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