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    Wednesday,
March 4,1998
Welcome to the Big Show
JOHN THORBURN
Sports Editor
Nobody said winning the league title was easy.
For the women's basketball team, things just got a
little tougher.
The Cougars looked downright horrible in a 71-57
loss to the Mt. Hood Saints on Thursday. Clackamas,
this year's Southern Division cham­
pion, was already guaranteed a
berth into this week's Northwest
Athletic Association of Community
There's
Colleges [NWAACC] tournament
going to be in Yakima, WA. Mt. Hood, the
division's fourth-place finisher
eight gréût played with an intensity that the
Cougars could not compete with
teams up
there so it's and embarrassed the second-ranked
team on their home court.
pretty
"We were kind of an acci­
dent
waiting
to happen," said Head
much
Coach Karen Twain. "We had just
anybody’s
come off a real emotional victory
tournament. and winning the region and I think Clackamas Head Coach Karen Twain guides her team into the school's fourth straight NW A ACC
we got a little excited and some of tournament appearance. Twain's teams finished fifth in 1995, third in 1996 and second last March.
the girls were looking ahead to
The Southern Division champion Cougars open up against the Eastern Division champion
NWAACCs. It just wasn't pur night.
Wenatchee Valley Knights tomorrow night in Yakima, WA.
Karen Twain
"We had a lot of girls that
Head Coach didn't play well and Mt. Hood was
Mt. Hood finished with four of its five starters re­ not the case. They run the floor very well. There isn't
much that they are lacking, they're a complete team.
really on. We shot the ball poorly cording scores in double digits.
from the free throw line [50%], we
Along with Clackamas, the giant killers of Mt. Hood I'm hoping we can knock them off."
If Clackamas can get by the Knights, they would
had way too many turn­
knocked off the defending NWAACC
overs
and
they
champion Umpqua Timberwomen on Sat­ more than likely face the Skagit Valley Cardinals on
outrebounded us. All
urday, 74-67, in Roseburg where they had Friday night.
The Cougars last faced the Cardinals in last year's
of the places that we've
only lost one game in two years.
had really good stats,
Umpqua defeated Chemeketa, 77-65, NWAACC tournament in Skagit Valley when Clacka­
up until now, they just
on Thursday to advance to the #1 seed­ mas upset the 1996 champions on their home court.
The Cardinals with a 29-0 record, have yet to falter
weren't there."
loser out match against the Saints.
The Saints held a 44-
"They did what it takes," said Twain this year.
"Skagit is a little more like us," said Twain.
29 edge in rebounding
on the Saints' upset of Umpqua. "It re­
including a 19-7 ad­
ally wasn't a surprise after seeing them "They've got an outstanding point guard that will just
kill you and some strong posts. We beat those play­
vantage on the offen­
beat us on Thursday."
sive end. Neither team
Clackamas enters the tournament as ers last year but we've got a different team this year."
Mt. Hood opens against the Spokane Sasquatch [22-
protected the ball well
the #2 seed from the Southern Division,
8],
the #2 seed from the East, while the West's #1
with Clackamas re­
putting them in the stronger of the two
cording 35 turnovers to
brackets. Teams in the Cougars’ bracket Lower Columbia Red Devils [21-9] face off against
Mt. Hood's 26 but the
include Eastern Division champion the North's #2 Everett Trojans [16-15] in the lower bracket.
"There's going to be eight great teams up there so it's
visitors had 23 steals.
Wenatchee Valley [26-3], Northern Di­
Robbie Nix and
vision champion Skagit Valley [29-0] and pretty much anybody's tournament," noted Twain.
The championship game is Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Melinda Freeman both
the #2 seed from the West, South Puget
fouled out in the final
Sound [19-10].
minutes of the game.
Clackamas opens up against the
Cougar Season Averages
Nix finished with 17
Wenatchee Valley Knights tomorrow
points and six re­
night.
• Robbie Nix - 20 ppg, 8 rpg, 83% FT, 45% 3 pt.
bounds, Freeman left
"They have four kids over 6' that
with eight points and
start," said Twain. "They have a lot of
•Lauren Mohan —8.1 assists per game
three assists. Michelle
athleticism. They play defense really
• Michelle McKinney - 11 ppg, 8.1 rpg
JOHN THORBURN / Clackamas Print hard and they've got a great coach. Most
McKinney also col­
lected 14 points and Sophomore Jenny Hansen hits the
people would say 'well they've got some
• Denise Bean - 8 ppg
fade away jumper against Mt. Hood.
eight rebounds.
big players so they'll be slow' and that's
ti
W
NWAACC Women's Basketball Tournament
at Yakima
3/5
1:00
#1
#2
3:00
6:00
#3
#4
8:00
3/6
#5
1:00
#6
3:00
#7
6:00
#8
8:00
3/7
#9
1:00
#10 3:00
#11 7:30
Valley CC, Yakima, WA
Chartwells
Skagit Valley [29-0] vs. So. Puget Sound [19-10]
Lower Columbia [21-9] vs. Everett [16-15]
Mt. Hood [14-14] vs. Spokane [22-8]
Wenatchee Valley [26-3] vs. Clackamas [22-6]
Invites you to lunch.
Or dinner or breakfast.
Open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. for all your needs.
The place to eat on campus!
Loser #2 vs. Loser #3
Loser #1 vs. Loser #4
Winner #2 vs. Winner #3
Winner #1 vs. Winner #4
Winner #5 vs. Winner #6 [4th, 6th place]
Loser #7 vs. Loser #8 [3rd, 5th place]
Winner #7 vs. Winner #8 [1st, 2nd place]
¡Wednesday, March 4, 1998