Jan. 11, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash, - Guard Katie Colard (Jr., McCleary/Elma) scored a team-high 20 points, hitting six 3-pointers, to lead Western Washington University to an 81-68 triumph over nationally ranked Northwest Nazarene University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball game Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
WWU improved to 7-6 overall and 3-2 in the GNAC with its 24th consecutive home victory and the fourth this season. Center Sarah Hill (Sr., Richmond, VA/Lloyd C. Bird) and guard Taylor Peacocke (Fr., Kenmore/Inglemoor) each added 16 points for the Vikings.
Forward Sydney Donaldson (Jr., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) added 15 points, a career-high 15 rebounds, and a game-high four blocked shots for WWU.
NNU, ranked No.18 in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association/USA Today/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, fell to 10-4 overall and 3-3 in the GNAC. Chelsie Luke came off the bench to score 20 points for the Crusaders, and Taylor Simmons added 16, going 10-of-12 on free throws, and had a game-high six steals.
NNU jumped to a 7-1 lead, but WWU responded with 10 straight points to take an 11-8 advantage just over five minutes into the game and led the rest of the way.
The margin was still just six, 29-23, late in the first half, but the Vikings closed the period with a 16-6 run over the last 4:40 to take a 45-29 halftime lead. Peacocke had 10 of her 12 first-half points in the burst.
NNU pulled to within eight, 54-46, with 12 minutes remaining, but that was the last time the margin was in single digits, as the Vikings used an 11-3 burst to open up a 65-49 advantage with 8:27 remaining. WWU's biggest lead was 17 points, 70-53, with 5:14 to go.
WWU had a 42-33 advantage in rebounding, and held the Crusaders to 34.9 percent field-goal shooting (22-of-63).
The WWU home winning streak is the second-longest in school history and five short of the school record of 29. The Vikings' last home loss was 75-55 to No.8 ranked Alaska Anchorage on Jan. 14, 2012.
WWU next goes on the road to face Western Oregon on Thursday, Jan. 16 (7 p.m.), in a GNAC counter.
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Summer Hoops Camps Set for July
Register for WWU Women's Basketball Camps in Carver Gym in July
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WWU is 14th in Division II All-Sports Standings
WWU's men's and women's basketball programs gather points by advancing to the NCAA Tournament
Hathaway Recognized as SHAPE America Major of the Year
Hathaway appeared in 120 games during her WWU career and was a three-time GNAC Academic selection
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Peacocke becomes fourth player in program history to earn First Team All-America recognition from WBCA
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How To Follow Today's Basketball Games
WWU men play Chico State at 12 pm PT in San Diego, WWU women play Cal State East Bay at 1 pm PT in Anchorage