Lady Vikes, Runnin' Vikes pickup first NWAC wins against Columbia Basin

Lady Vikes, Runnin' Vikes pickup first NWAC wins against Columbia Basin.

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Both the Big Bend men's and women's basketball teams notched their first Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) East Region wins Wednesday night sweeping visiting Columbia Basin College. The wins came on the heels of back-to-back losses for both teams against North Idaho and Spokane to open conference play. During halftime of the men's game, BBCC honored the 2019 State Champion Royal High School football team in front of a large Royal City crowd who came to show support for the Knights.


Big Bend used a 17-3 run to close out the first half and take a 40-27 lead into the locker room and held off Columbia Basin (4-11, 1-2) in the second half to pick up its first NWAC East Region win, 74-63. 

Kayla Luke led the Vikings offensively scoring 22 points (including four 3-pointers). Luke filled up the stat sheet dishing out 11 assists, pulling down 5 rebounds and grabbing 3 steals. Conference rebound leader Anna Yarbro also turned in an excellent effort scoring 21 points and turning in another monster game on the glass with 16 boards.

Freshman Savana Stephenson was one rebound short of recording the ream's third double-double scoring 14 points and snatching nine rebounds while Emily Gorrell provided a spark off the bench scoring 12 points for the Lady Vikings.


The Runnin' Vikes also picked up their first NWAC East Region win Wednesday night but it came at a cost. Leading in the first half 10-2, Vikings big man Denis Ulyanchuk went down under the basket and would not return. Ulyanchuck, who missed last season after an early knee injury, was the team's leading scorer and rebounder going into the contest and did not return to the court.

Jahvontae' Jones and Jaden Brown picked up the slack offensively scoring 22 and 19 points respectively — Brown also added 6 rebounds and 6 assists — while Payton Nielsen turned in a double-double performance scoring 10 points and grabbing 19 rebounds.

The visiting Hawks (6-9, 1-2) cut the lead to as much as 6 points late in the second half, but the Vikings held strong and snapped a 3-game losing streak with the win.

The Lady Vikes (9-7, 1-2) and the Runnin' Vikes (7-10, 1-2) will both try to make it two-in-a-row on Saturday when they travel to Yakima Valley to take on the Yaks. The Yakima men's team is currently 5-9 overall with a 2-1 conference record and the Yakima women are 12-4 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

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For the current NWAC men's basketball standings, CLICK HERE.

For the current NWAC women's basketball standings, CLICK HERE.