Jan. 3, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Center Britt Harris (Sr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) scored a team-high 16 points to lead a balanced attack as Western Washington University defeated defending West Region and league champion University of Alaska Anchorage, 70-60, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball contest Thursday at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex on the UAA campus.
The Vikings, ranked No.20 in the latest USA Today Sports/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the GNAC with their third straight win.
Guards Corinn Waltrip (Sr., Tigard, OR) and Katie Colard (So., McCleary/Elma) each had 13 points for WWU and forward Sydney Donaldson (So., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) added 10 points, six rebounds and four assists off the bench.
UAA, which had a four-game winning streak snapped, fell to 7-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play despite game highs of 26 points and eight rebounds by Alysa Horn. Her point total was a career high.
The Vikings led wire-to-wire, jumping to a 12-3 lead in the first 4:30 behind a trio of Colard 3-pointers. The Seawolves pulled within one at 18-17, but a pair of Waltrip 3-pointers triggered a 12-2 run that gave WWU a 30-19 advantage with 5:10 left in the first half, and the Vikings held a 36-29 lead at halftime.
UAA got as close as six in the second half, trailing 45-39 with 12:32 remaining.
But WWU's Marcel Pounds (R-So., Bonney Lake) scored nine points in less than a minute, with two treys and a 3-point play, then fed Harris for a layup that gave the Vikings a 56-39 advantage with 10:47 left. The margin was never less than eight after that.
WWU shot 44.1 percent (26-of-59) from the field and held UAA to 34.0 percent (17-of-50). The Vikings also had a 41-31 advantage in rebounds.
The loss snapped a 14-game regular-season league victory string for UAA.
WWU is at Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday (7 p.m. AT), Jan. 5, for a GNAC counter.
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