Vikings remain undefeated in GNAC play with 80-46 win at Central Washington
Jan. 21, 2010
ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Guard Amanda Dunbar (Jr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) scored 13 of her game-high 22 points in the first seven minutes of the game as Western Washington University defeated arch-rival Central Washington University, 80-46, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball contest Thursday at Nicholson Pavilion on the CWU campus.
The Vikings improved to 14-2 overall and stayed atop the GNAC standings at 5-0 with their fifth consecutive victory. Western claimed the triumph despite being without forward Jessica Summers (Sr., Blaine), who averages a team-high 17.5 points a game and is out indefinitely because of a partially torn plantar fasciitis in her right foot.
Central, which lost its third straight contest, fell to 4-11 overall, 1-4 in conference play. Stacy Albrecht came off the bench to lead the Wildcats with 11 points.
Dunbar, who entered the game sixth nationally in 3-point accuracy at 50.0 percent, knocked down 4-of-5 treys and added a free throw to help the Vikings jump to a 20-2 lead seven minutes into the game.
Western extended the lead from there, going ahead by as many as 25 points before having a 39-19 advantage at halftime. Central shot just 17.9 percent (5-of-28) from the field in the opening period.
Western then held the Wildcats scoreless for more than six minutes to open the second half to take a 50-19 lead, and never led by less than 24 points after that. Center Lauren Hefflin (Jr., Ridgefield) scored 12 points on 6-of-7 field-goal shooting for the Vikings and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, and forward Willow Cabe (Sr., McCleary/Elma) added 10 points.
Western, which ranks in the top 10 nationally in all three shooting categories, hit 49.1 percent (28-of-57) from the field, including 39.1 percent (9-of-23) on 3-pointers, and was 83.3 percent (15-of-18) on free throws.
The Vikings play host to nationally No.18-ranked Seattle Pacific on Saturday (7 p.m.) in a GNAC counter.
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