VANCOUVER — The Final Four is set for this weekend at the Walt Price Student Fitness Center at Everett Community College in Everett, WA.
The men will open the event at 2pm on Saturday with North #2 seed Peninsula College Pirates taking on South #2 seed Linn-Benton Community College Roadrunners. The second match-up features the East #3 seed North Idaho College Cardinals versus South #1 seed Portland Community College Panthers at 4pm.
The women get started at 6pm with North #1 seed Bellevue College Bulldogs taking on South #1 Umpqua Community College Riverhawks, followed by East #4 Seed Big Bend Community College Vikings matching up against East #1 rival Walla Walla Community College Warriors in the nightcap at 8pm.
Women: Walla Walla Warriors vs. Big Bend Vikings, 8pm
The 2nd-ranked and E#1 seeded Warriors (30-1) enter the game with two decisive victories over the tournament Cinderella, E#4 Vikings (22-9). WWCC swept BBCC in East Region play by scores of 91-62 and 96-46.
The Warriors will not be looking past the Vikings though as the East Region was solid from top to bottom. Walla Walla arrived to the Final Four with impressive wins over the W#4 Highline Thunderbirds 78-37 and 3rd-ranked S#2 Lane Titans in a stunner 85-62.
The Warriors’ only blemish on the season came to a constructed all-star team that included 2-time WNBA all-star and Louisville All-American Shoni Schimmel along with former Eastern Washington University & New Mexico State stars Tisha Phillips & Abby Scott. WWCC only lost to the highly skilled squad 88-76.
Walla Walla has compiled some impressive team stats on the season and are in the top 9 in 15 categories: Points (3rd), Points per game (80.1), FG made/game (4th), FG% (2nd), 3PT made/game (7th), 3PT% (1st), FT% (1st), Defensive rebounds/game (6th), Total rebounds/game (8th), Rebound margin/game (2nd), Turnovers/game (lowest), Personal fouls/game (6th lowest), Points per game allowed (2nd), Opponents FG % (7th), and Opponents 3PT% (9th).
11th-ranked Vikings stunned 4th-ranked and W#1 Grays Harbor 70-59 before taking out 10th-ranked Everett 89-79 in front of a massive Trojan hometown crowd last Friday.
Big Bend has also tallied big stats and are in the top ten in 14 categories: Points (5th), Points per game (9th), FG made/game (8th), FG% (7th), 3PT made/game (1st), 3PT attempts/game (4th), 3PT% (6th), FT made/game (10th), FT attempts/game (9th), Rebound margin/game (6th), Assists/game (9th), Turnovers/game (9th fewest), Steals/game (10th) and Personal fouls/game (4th fewest).
The Vikings will need to find an answer for East Region MVP Cierra Jo McKeown who is averaging 22.6ppg (2nd in the league) and Jade Skidmore (15.5ppg/9.4rpg/4.9apg). The sophomore combo has lit up the Vikings in the previous two meetings.