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.
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