Columbia Basin College

Holden, ‘05 CBC women get call to NWAC Hall of Fame

The Columbia Basin College women’s basketball team poses after winning the 2005 NWAC Championship to complete a 22-5 season. The ‘05 Hawks, as well as coach Cheryl Holden, will be inducted into the NWAC Hall of Fame in May.
The Columbia Basin College women’s basketball team poses after winning the 2005 NWAC Championship to complete a 22-5 season. The ‘05 Hawks, as well as coach Cheryl Holden, will be inducted into the NWAC Hall of Fame in May. Courtesy of Columbia Basin College Athletics

Cheryl Holden and the 2005 NWAC Champion Columbia Basin College women’s basketball team will be inducted into the league’s Hall of Fame, the NWAC announced Friday.

Holden, who began her 13-year career at CBC in 2001, guided the ‘05 Hawks to a 22-5 record on their way to the championship, which paved the way for three more titles in the following nine years. Led by the tournament MVP Kaci Bernsen and All-Tournament selections Sara Dalgliesh and Jessica Miller, CBC knocked off No. 4 Clackamas and No. 2 Umpqua before toppling top-ranked and two-time reigning NWAC champ Lane 56-44 in the finals.

Holden finished her career with a 268-114 record, and was named NWAC Coach of the Year four times and the East Region’s top coach five times.

The NWAC Hall of Fame banquet will be held May 31 at the Red Lion in Pasco.

Dustin Brennan: 509-582-1413, @Tweet_By_Dustin

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