Feb. 8, 2014
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -
Forward Tia Briggs (Fr., Tacoma/Wilson) came off the bench to score a career and game-high 19 points, lifting Western Washington University to an 82-61 victory over Central Washington University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball game Saturday at Nicholson Pavilion on the CWU campus.
The Vikings improved to 13-8 overall and remained tied for second in the GNAC standings at 9-4.
Briggs, who had 14 points in the first half, was one of four Vikings to score double figures. Jenni White (Jr., Spokane/East Valley) had 17, and Sydney Donaldson (Jr., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) and Katie Colard (Jr., McCleary/Elma) each contributed 16.
Central, which lost its seventh straight, dropped to 6-15 overall and 1-11 in conference play. Amber Moser had 13 points to lead the Wildcats, who have lost 11 of their last 12 games, and Daisy Burke had 12 points.
Leading 45-41 at halftime, WWU scored 12 straight points during an 18-5 run to open the second half for a 17-point advantage, 63-46, with 12:21 remaining. Central cut the lead to 10 points, 71-61, on a 3-pointer by Burke with 4:23 to go, but WWU scored the last 11 points of the game.
Briggs, who was 9-of-12 from the field, also had six rebounds and two steals. Donaldson was 8-of-13 from the floor and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, and Colard made 3-of-5 3-pointers.
The win was the 13th straight for WWU over Central. The Vikings have won 21 of the last 22 meetings for an 86-10 series advantage.
WWU returns home to meet Saint Martin's on Thursday (7 p.m.) and Western Oregon on Saturday (7 p.m.) in GNAC action at Sam Carver Gymnasium.