BULLDOGS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLACES 5TH AT CHAMPIONSHIP
On March 1, the Bellevue College women's basketball team traveled to Tri-Cities to compete in the NWAACC Basketball Championship Tournament, March 2-5. Bellevue came into the tournament as the number one seed out of the North Region, as well as a number five ranking in the last Alaska Airlines Coaches’ Poll of the season. The Bulldogs opened the tournament on Saturday, March 2, with a matchup against the 4th seed out of the West Region, the Tacoma Titans. Bellevue ran away with the game early and never looked back. The Bulldogs started the game with a 17-1 lead holding the Titans without a field goal for the first seven minutes of play. Bellevue cruised to a 46-16 halftime lead and finished with final score of 80-53, and their eighth straight victory. Airashay Rogers led the Bulldogs’ scoring with 14 points in just 16 minutes. Sophomore Chanel Cambronero displayed her all-around game scoring 13 points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out four assists. Jori Hall added 11 points, with Demarea Caples contributing 10 points and eight rebounds. Freshmen Alexis Berrysmith scored eight points and added eight rebounds off the bench.
Bellevue moved onto the second round on Sunday, March 3, to take on the Chemeketa Storm, who had entered the tournament as the 3rd seed from the strong South Region. This time around, Bellevue was the team slow to start. The Bulldogs were down 49-34 at the half and by as much as 20 points in the second half. However, Bellevue switched to a trapping, pressure defense and was able to turn the game around. The Bulldogs came all the way back to tie the score at 70 points, but down the stretch Bellevue mustered only one field goal and eventually lost by a final score of 78-73. In the loss, Bellevue was led by Cambronero's 18 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, while Kaitlynn Bunger joined Hall and Caples with 11 points each.
With that loss the Bulldogs moved into the consolation bracket. On Monday, March 4, Bellevue took on the Centralia College Trailblazers. The game pitted two region champions in a loser-out game. Neither team was able to pull away in the first half as each team took turns holding onto the momentum. Bellevue took a 36-29 lead into halftime, which quickly dwindled to just one point early in the second half. At this point Bellevue turned on their defense to put together a 16-0 run to pull away with the game. Bellevue's lead grew to as much as 20 points before pulling out a 64-48 victory. Bellevue was again led by Cambronero with 16 points, nine assists, and six rebounds. Rogers also scored 16 points to go with her seven rebounds.
Bellevue moved into the final day of NWAACC Tournament play on Tuesday, March 5, with a chance to place in the 5th/6th game. Bellevue took on yet another team from the West Region with a matchup against the Clark College Penguins. The battle was a game of runs as each team held 10 point leads at various times throughout the game. Bellevue entered the second half with a 39-35 lead that disappeared as Clark went on a 17-3 run to go up 52-42. Bellevue was able to answer with a 20-5 run of their own to take a five-point lead with just under five minutes to play. This turned out to be the last lead change of the game as Bellevue was able to hold off Clark by a final score of 62-61 to claim 5th place in the tournament. Berrysmith came off the bench to lead the Bulldogs with 15 points including 9-10 shooting from the free throw line. She also grabbed eight rebounds. Rogers added 13 points. Cambronero scored nine points to go with her team-leading nine rebounds and five assists.
Bellevue sophomore Chanel Cambronero turned in arguably the most impressive individual performance of the tournament. Cambronero led all players in total assists with 25 and assists per game with 6.25 a contest. Cambronero also finished 8th overall in total scoring and 11th overall in rebounding. Cambronero also finished tied for fourth with 10 total steals. The Bellevue point guard was the only player in the tournament to finish in the top 20 of all four major statistics, and was named to the second team for the All-Tournament Team. Bellevue capped off their North Region championship season with a 5th place trophy at the NWAACC tournament. Bellevue won 10 of their last 11 games to accomplish both feats.
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