Feb. 13, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Guard Jenni White (Jr., Spokane/East Valley) had game-highs of 17 points and nine assists as Western Washington University defeated Saint Martin's University, 69-52, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball game Thursday at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
Taylor Peacocke (Fr., Kenmore/Inglemoor) added 14 points for the Vikings, who improved to 14-8 overall and 10-4 in the GNAC with their third consecutive victory.
Saint Martin's fell to 14-8 overall and 8-5 in conference play. Center Chelsea Haskey had 14 points and five rebounds for the Saints, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
The Vikings trailed just once, at 8-7, but led by just one, 13-12, a little less than nine minutes into the game. WWU then took over, hitting 13 of its next 17 shots from the field to outscore the Saints, 33-10, the rest of the period for a 46-22 halftime lead.
WWU shot 55.9 percent (19-of-34) in the opening half.
The Vikings opened the second half by going more than six minutes without a field goal. They still held a 53-32 lead with over 12 minutes to play, but the Saints ran off nine straight points to close the gap to 12, 53-41, with 10:03 to go.
WWU's lead was still 12 at 57-45 with 7:48 to play, but White hit a 3-pointer and Tia Briggs (Fr., Tacoma/Wilson) scored on a post-up, enabling the Vikings to regain control.
Guard Katie Colard (Jr., McCleary/Elma) had 13 points for WWU, and center Sarah Hill (Sr., Richmond, VA/Lloyd C. Bird) had 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds as the Vikings had a 45-27 advantage on the boards.
It was Western's 13th consecutive victory over Saint Martin's, and the Vikings have a 61-10 advantage in the all-time series.
WWU entertains Western Oregon on Saturday (7 p.m.) in a GNAC counter.