Jan. 25, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Forward Sydney Donaldson (Jr., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) scored a career-high 22 points on 10-of-15 field-goal shooting, helping Western Washington University defeat University of Alaska Fairbanks, 92-80, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball game Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
Taylor Peacocke (Fr., Kenmore/Inglemoor) added 18 points on 7-of-9 floor accuracy for the Vikings, who shot a season-high 56.7 percent (34-of-60) from the field, improved to 11-6 overall and remained tied for the GNAC lead with Montana State Billings at 7-2 with their sixth straight triumph and the eighth in their last nine games.
WWU is now 6-0 at home this season and has won 26 straight games at home, tied for the second-longest streak in school history and just three short of the school record.
UAF fell to 8-9 overall and 2-7 in the GNAC with its fourth straight loss. Candice Prestwich came off the bench to score 19 points, hitting 5-of-10 3-pointers.
The Vikings jumped to an 8-0 lead, but the Nanooks rallied and twice led midway through the period before WWU used an 8-2 run, Donaldson scoring the final six points, to grab a 44-35 halftime lead.
The margin was never less than seven points in the second half and the Vikings, who at one point hit 11 consecutive shots from the field, gradually pulled away.
WWU shot 63.0 percent (17-of-27) in the second half. Guard Jenni White (Jr., Spokane/East Valley) had 14 points and eight assists for the Vikings, and guard Katie Colard (Jr., McCleary/Elma) and center Sarah Hill (Sr., Richmond, VA/Lloyd C. Bird) each added 11 points. Hill also had a game-high 12 rebounds as WWU had a 43-28 advantage on the boards.
Center Jordan Wilson had 17 points for the Nanooks. Samantha Thornton added 11 and Victoria Milton had 10.
It was the 11th straight series win for WWU, which has won 41 of 46 meetings with the Nanooks.
WWU entertains Montana State Billings on Thursday (5:15 p.m.) in a battle of teams tied atop the GNAC.
Peacocke Honored with Hall of Fame Jersey Display
After standout senior season, Taylor Peacocke's jersey is featured at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Vikings Add Three Transfers to Program
Dani Iwami (Hawai'i Pacific), Taylor Enders (Utah State) and Anna Schwecke (Colorado-Colorado Springs) join program
2016-17 Women's Basketball Season in Review
WWU recorded 34th 20-win season in the 46-year history of the program
Women's Basketball Adds Three Players for 2017-18
Emma Duff, Kelsey Rogers and Bobbi Westendorf to join WWU women's hoops team
Summer Hoops Camps Set for July
Register for WWU Women's Basketball Camps in Carver Gym in July
Taylor Peacocke to Participate at Pro Combine
Peacocke also adds another All-American accolade with First Team All-America honor from Division II Bulletin
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
Taylor Peacocke Named WBCA First Team All-American
Peacocke becomes fourth player in program history to earn First Team All-America recognition from WBCA
Taylor Peacocke Named D2CCA All-American
Peacocke set WWU and GNAC single-season records with 745 points (23.3 points/game) during senior season
Taylor Peacocke Named All-West Region
Taylor Peacocke is the nation’s leading scorer at NCAA II level with 23.3 points per game
WWU Falls 80-68 to Cal Baptist at West Regional
Tia Briggs scores career-high 29 points, Taylor Peacocke scores 25 points in loss to Lancers
WWU Tops Cal State East Bay 74-48 at NCAA West Regional
Tia Briggs and Taylor Peacocke each score 18 points, Vikings will face Cal Baptist on Saturday in semifinal round
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
WWU to Face Cal State East Bay at NCAA Regional
The No. 3-seed Vikings will play Friday at 1 pm PT/12 pm AKT against No. 6-seed Cal State East Bay