Lady Vikings headed to NWAC Tournament

Lady Vikings headed to NWAC Tournament

By RODNEY HARWOOD of the Columbia Basin Herald

YAKIMA — If you felt like the earth stood still there for a moment, like some sort of karma ripple in the space-time continuum around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday night, it was probably the shock waves coming out of Ellwood Crosier Court in Yakima.

The Big Bend Lady Vikings secured their place in the NWAC tournament with a record night in Yakima, holding on to beat the Yaks 114-110 in the East Region season finale. Yeah, that's right both women's community college teams scored 110 points and it took every single point for the Lady Vikes to secure their first trip to the NWAC tournament in 16 years.

Sophomore Sunnie Martinez buried 11 3-point field goals on her way to a game-high 33 points. Miranda Johnson was 9-of-24 from the floor, including 4-of-11 from downtown, for 28 points.

"I was feeling it and my teammates did a good job rotating the ball and getting it to me in space," said Martinez, who also had five assists. "I credit the team for getting me over the top. I've never seen a game like this where both teams score 110 points. It was such a big deal to be a part of something like this.

"It's been our goal all season to get to the NWAC and I have to give a lot of credit to our coach (Preston Wilks). He's been helping us out and keeping us on track."

The Lady Vikings needed the win to control their own destiny. A loss and a loss by Treasure Valley to Walla Walla would provide the same result, but it wouldn't have been a game for the ages where there were a combined 224 points scored.

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