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NWAACC Basketball Players of the Week - December 30

VANCOUVER, Wa. - The Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges has named its Basketball Players of the Week for December 30, 2013.


Stephen WalterStephen Walter, Columbia Basin
Sophomore, Guard
Columbia Basin sophomore guard Stephen Walter led Columbia Basin College to the Big Bend Holiday Tournament championship with wins over Douglas, Peninsula, and Portland, respectively.

Walter was named MVP of the Big Bend Holiday Tournament in Moses Lake, Washington. Columbia Basin opened the tournament with a 109-72 victory over Douglas with Walter leading the way with 20 points on 7-13 shooting along with three rebounds, two assists, one block, and one steal in 23 minutes of play.

In the second game, Walter scored 17 points on 5-10 shooting, including 6-6 from the foul line. He also collected five rebounds to go along with two assists, and one steal in a 81-53 win over Peninsula.

In the tournament’s championship game, Walter did a little bit of everything in Columbia Basin’s 84-80 win over Portland. Walter finished with seven points on 3-9 shooting, along with four rebounds, three steals, and five assists.

The Pasco, Washington is currently leading the NWAACC in free-throw shooting at 92.9% with only three misses on 42 attempts this season.  

Previous Selections
Dec. 9: Theo VandenEkart, Everett
Dec. 16: Kwinn Hanson, Spokane; Brendan Westendorf, Big Bend
Dec. 23 Sean Price, Clark


Asia SmithAsia Smith, Umpqua
Sophomore, Forward
Umpqua sophomore forward Asia Smith led Umpqua to a second place finish in the Lower Columbia Holiday Classic at Centralia College with her outstanding performance over the final December weekend.

Smith recorded back-to-back-to-back double-doubles while leading Umpqua to wins over Blue Mountain, and Lower Columbia before falling to tournament champions North Idaho 63-70.

In the opening game, Smith scored 20 points on 10-16 shooting along with 10 rebounds (eight offensive) in a 78-69 win over Blue Mountain.

She followed-up the next day with an efficient 21-point, 17-rebound performance while shooting 7-9 from the field and 7-10 from the foul line in a 97-81 win over Lower Columbia College.

In the championship game, Smith finished with 18 points, 16 rebounds, one block, one steal, and one assist in a 63-70 loss to North Idaho.

The Los Angeles, California native averages 14.6 points-per-game (18th overall), 11.7 rebounds-per-game (3rd overall) while shooting 51.3% on the season (20th overall).

Also nominated: Brooke Bowen, Clark; Riley Jemmett, Big Bend; Mar’Shay Moore, Blue Mountain.

Previous Selections
Dec. 9: Shelby Snook, Lane
Dec 16: Marikah Wright, Lane
Dec 23: Riley Holsinger, Spokane; Jada Piper, Highline College

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