Slow second-half start plagues Western in 69-53 loss to Northwest Nazarene
Jan. 19, 2008
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Guard Amanda Dunbar (R-Fr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) scored 17 of her game-high 21 points in the second half, but Western Washington University still fell to Northwest Nazarene University, 69-53, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball game Saturday on Haggen Court at Sam Carver Gymnasium.
The Vikings, whose school-record losing streak extended to eight games, slipped to 3-14 overall and 0-5 in GNAC play with their 12th loss in the last 13 games. Western, already missing two starters for the rest of the season with injuries, was also without three other regulars from injuries suffered within the last two weeks, and used its 11th different starting lineup of the season.
Northwest Nazarene, which won its third straight game, improved to 11-4 overall and 4-2 in the conference. Freshman Janee Olds came off the bench to score 17 points for the Crusaders, hitting five 3-pointers, and forward Brittney Roggenkamp had 15 points.
The Vikings trailed by just four at halftime, 27-23, but for the fourth consecutive game were hurt by a run early in the second half. Northwest Nazarene opened the period with 12 straight points to take a 39-23 lead with 14:54 to play. The lead stayed in double digits the rest of the way, reaching 25 points at 68-43 with two minutes left before Western closed the game with a 10-1 run.
Center Claire Pallansch (Jr., Redmond) had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Vikings, but shot just 36.5 percent (19-of-52) from the field, but did connect on 82.4 percent (14-of-17) of their free throws.
Western jumped to an 8-2 lead, with Pallansch scoring six of the points, and led most of the first 15 minutes. But the Crusaders used a 13-2 run late in the first half to take a 25-19 lead with 1:57 left in the period and never trailed again.
Northwest Nazarene was 10-of-24 (41.7 percent) on 3-pointers despite shooting 37.9 percent (25-of-66) from the field overall.
Western has already had 52 player-games missed due to injury this season, with seven players missing at least one contest.
The Vikings are at Western Oregon University for a GNAC counter Thursday (7 p.m.).
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