Western rebounds with 98-57 win over Alaska Fairbanks

Mollie Stelmack

Feb. 10, 2007

Box Score

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Guard Mollie Stelmack (Sr., New Westminster, BC) scored 18 of her game-high 28 points in the first half as Western Washington University defeated University of Alaska Fairbanks, 98-57, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball game Saturday on Haggen Court at Sam Carver Gymnasium.

Western, ranked No.4 in this week's NCAA Division II West Region rankings, improved to 16-6 overall and 8-3 in the GNAC with its fifth win in the last six games.

Alaska Fairbanks fell to 9-13 overall, 4-7 in the conference. Forward Kari Reabold led the Nanooks with 16 points.

Stelmack, Western's leading scorer on the season at 16.4 points per game, had been held scoreless Thursday in a 61-45 loss to Alaska Anchorage that snapped a 26-game regular-season home winning streak for the Vikings. She bounced back Saturday by going 7-of-9 from the field, including 3-of-5 on 3-pointers, and 11-of-12 on free throws.

The score was tied at 12-12 with 12 minutes to go in the first half, but Western took control of the contest by running off 10 straight points, seven of them by Stelmack, in a 3:40 span to take a 22-12 advantage. The Vikings then broke the game open with a string of 16 consecutive points later in the half to go up 40-18 with two minutes remaining, and held a 42-19 advantage at halftime.

Western then put the game completely out of reach by opening the second half with an 11-2 run to go up 53-21 with 17:26 to go. The margin was never under 28 after that.

Forward Sarah Schramm (So., Chelan) came off the bench to score 14 points for Western, hitting 6-of-7 shots from the field. Forward Liz McCarrell (Jr., Ferndale) had 12 points and guard India Soo (Kamuela, HI/Kamehameha) added 10. The Vikings hit 56.1 percent (32-of-57) from the field, including 65.5 percent (19-of-29) in the second half, after hitting a season-low 25.8 percent (17-of-66) in the loss to UAA.

Western had a 40-26 rebound advantage with forward Krystal Robinson (Jr., Kent/Kentridge) grabbing a game-high nine boards. She had three blocked shots for the Vikings, upping her career total to 169, second in school history. Robinson ranks fourth nationally this season and leads the GNAC with 68 (3.1 per game).

Western closes out its three-game homestand with a GNAC counter against Western Oregon University on Thursday (7 p.m.).