Feb. 6, 2014
NAMPA, Id. -
Guard Katie Colard (Jr., McCleary/Elma) tied a school record by hitting eight 3-pointers while scoring a career-high 26 points as Western Washington University rolled over Northwest Nazarene University, 94-81, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball game Thursday at Johnson Sports Center on the NNU campus.
The 94 points were a season-high for the Vikings, who improved to 12-8 overall and remained tied for second in the GNAC standings at 8-4.
NNU fell to 12-8 overall and 5-7 in conference action. The loss was just the third in 11 home games this season for the Crusaders, who have lost six of their last eight following a 10-2 start.
Megan Hingston had 20 points and 11 rebounds for NNU, and Chelsie Luke added 19 points.
WWU was 13-of-28 from beyond the arc for a season-best 46.4 percent. That was two shy of the school record for made threes.
Four Vikings, besides Colard, reached double-figure scoring. Sydney Donaldson (Jr., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) and Tia Briggs (Fr., Tacoma/Wilson) each had 12, and Taylor Peacocke (Fr., Kenmore/Inglemoor) and Kiana Gandy (R-Fr., DesMoines/Mount Rainier) had 10 apiece. Gandy made all five of her field goals.
WWU's Sarah Hill (Sr., Richmond, VA/Lloyd C. Bird) contributed nine points and 11 rebounds and Jenni White (Jr., Spokane/East Valley) had a game-high eight assists.
The Vikings, who never trailed in the game, made five of their first seven 3-point attempts for a 19-11 lead seven minutes into the contest.
NNU got back to within one, 21-20, midway through the first half. But WWU scored 14 straight points to begin a 22-5 run over a six-minute span for an 18-point advantage, 43-25, with four minutes left in the period. The Vikings led 45-32 at halftime.
The Crusaders never got closer than eight in the second half and WWU's biggest lead was 19, 92-73, with 3:28 remaining.
Jodie Kaczor twice made eight threes for WWU during the 2000-01 season, and Corinn Waltrip matched that figure last season.
The Vikings have now won 12 of their last 13 meetings with NNU.
WWU is at Central Washington on Saturday (7 p.m.) for a GNAC counter.