Jan. 24, 2013
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -
Center Britt Harris (Sr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) scored a game and career-high 28 points and guard Katie Colard (So.,McCleary/Elma) provided the go-ahead points with 1:06 to play as nationally ranked Western Washington University defeated Central Washington University, 79-73, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball contest Thursday at Nicholson Pavilion on the CWU campus.
The Vikings, rated No.5 in this week's USA Today Sports/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 14-2 overall and remain atop the GNAC at 8-0 after their eighth straight victory.
CWU, which had a three game-winning streak snapped, fell to 8-8 overall and 3-5 in conference play. Forward Jessica VanDyke led the Wildcats with 22 points, hitting 8-of-11 shots from the field.
The Vikings trailed by four, 73-69, with less than three minutes left. A free throw by reserve Jenni White (So., Spokane/East Valley) and a layin by Harris cut the margin to one, and Colard then hit a jumper and was fouled. She converted the free throw, giving WWU a 75-69 lead, and guard Corinn Waltrip (Sr., Tigard, OR) made four free throws in the final 30 seconds for the final margin.
Harris was 13-of-16 from the field, helping WWU shoot 51.7 percent (30-of-58) as a team. Forward Trishi Williams (Sr., Mabton) added 16 points and a game-high 10 assists for the Vikings, and Waltrip had 10 points.
CWU held a 43-34 lead at halftime, and had a 55-46 with 11:30 to go, but the Vikings went on a 15-5 run to take a 61-60 lead with 7:24 remaining.
The two teams combined to shoot just one free throw in the first half, Harris converting a 3-point play 5:08 into the game.
The Vikings now hold an 83-10 series advantage, winning the last 10 meetings and 18 of the last 19.
WWU is at Northwest Nazarene on Saturday, Jan. 26 (7 p.m.), for a GNAC counter.