WWU Rallies to Top SFU 71-65, Wins 16th Straight

Feb. 14, 2017

Box Score |  Photo Gallery  | Game Book Get Acrobat Reader

BELLINGHAM, Wash. --  Senior guard Taylor Peacocke scored a game-high 26 points and the No. 17-ranked Western Washington University women's basketball team used a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter to overcome a deficit and top 25th-ranked Simon Fraser on Tuesday evening in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action at Whatcom Pavilion.

Tuesday's game featured a matchup of two of the top three teams in the GNAC standings. WWU improved to 22-3 overall and 16-1 in GNAC play with its 16th consecutive win, sweeping the regular-season series against SFU and keeping pace in second place just behind Alaska Anchorage (16-0) in the standings. The Clan fell to 22-5 overall and 13-4 in conference play but remain in third place in the conference.

The pivotal run for the Vikings came after SFU had opened a 53-47 lead with 7:34 to go in the fourth quarter. Over the next 3:04, the Vikings scored 15 unanswered points to lead 62-53 with 4:30 remaining. Peacocke (Kenmore, WA/Inglemoor) led WWU with 6 points during the spurt while SFU missed 7 consecutive field goal attempts during the stretch.

WWU opened its largest lead since the second quarter at 64-55 with 4:03 remaining in the fourth quarter following a layup from senior forward Rachel Albert (Bellingham, WA/Sehome) before the Clan responded and cut the lead to 5 points on two occasions with under a minute to play.

SFU came within 70-65 with 32 seconds left but then missed its last 3 shots from the field and a late free throw from senior guard Aleisha Hathaway (Spokane, WA/Shadle Park) with 10 seconds to play extended the lead to the final margin at 71-65. The Vikings held the Clan to 4-for-19 shooting from the floor over the final 7-and-a-half minutes while WWU went 7-for-10 from the field and 9-for-12 from the free throw line over the same stretch.

Although WWU held a 29-25 lead at halftime and maintained an advantage for the majority of the third quarter, Simon Fraser cut the deficit to 3 points on six occasions and 2 points once during the quarter before eventually taking the lead late in the period after closing the quarter with an 8-0 run to go up 49-46.

The Vikings led 16-12 after the first quarter with 8 points in the opening period from Peacocke and 6 from senior center Tia Briggs (Tacoma, WA/Wilson). Neither team led by more than 6 points early in the game until WWU went on an 11-0 run in the second quarter to open a 27-14 with 7:51 to play in the period. But the Clan answered the WWU run by outscoring the Vikings 11-2 during the remainder of the quarter to cut the WWU lead to 29-25 at the half.

Peacocke, who scored a career-high 41 points at SFU in the first meeting of the season between the teams, finished the evening 8-of-18 from the field for 26 points, including 15 in the first and second quarters. She was 9-for-11 at the free throw line. She moved into 3rd place on the all-time leading scorers list in GNAC history during Tuesday's game with 1,767 career points.
 
Briggs and senior forward Kiana Gandy (Des Moines, WA/Mount Rainer) each added 14 points. Gandy scored 9 of her points in the third quarter alone. Briggs also pulled down a game-high 8 rebounds and was 7-of-10 from the field.

Albert scored 9 points to go along with 7 rebounds and a game-high 3 steals while senior guard Jessica Valley (Lafayette, IN/Nova Southeastern) added 7 points, a season-high 8 assists and 7 rebounds.

WWU shot 43.5% from the field (27-for-62). The Vikings were 3-of-13 from 3-point range (23.1%) and went 14-of-20 (70.0%) at the free throw line.

The Clan went 25-for-67 (37.3%) from the field, including 2-of-19 (10.5%) from 3-point range. SFU was 13-for-17 (76.5%) at the free throw line. Tayla Jackson and Sophie Swant had 13 points apiece to lead the Clan while Rachel Fradgley added 12 points and Meg Wilson finished with 11 points for the balanced offense.

The WWU win streak of 16 games is 4th-longest in program history and the longest since a 19-game win streak during the 2010-11 season.

The Vikings travel to Montana State Billings to face the Yellowjackets on Thursday at 7:30 pm MT/6:30 pm PT. Thursday's game will be the final road game on the regular season GNAC schedule for WWU as the Vikings close out the regular season schedule next week with games at Whatcom Pavilion against Alaska Anchorage (Feb. 23, 7 pm) and Alaska Fairbanks (Feb. 25, 3 pm).

GAME NOTES: The 16-game winning streak is the 4th-longest in program history and longest since a 19-game win streak Dec. 11, 2010-Feb. 22, 2011...Taylor Peacocke moved into 3rd in GNAC history with 1,767 points, passing Rebecca Kielpinski (1,752 points - Alaska Anchorage, 2005-09)...Peacocke is also 3rd in WWU history behind Gina Sampson (1992-96, 1,786 points) in 2nd...Peacocke has scored 20+ points in 18 of 25 games this season following Tuesday's game...Tia Briggs has finished in double figures scoring in 10 of her last 11 games....Jessica Valley recorded a season-high 8 assists on Tuesday.

 

 

Score by Periods

 1st 

 2nd 

3rd

4th

 Final

Updated Records

Simon Fraser 

12

13

24

16

65

Record: (22-5, 13-4 GNAC)

Western Washington 

16

13

17

25

71

Record: (22-3, 16-1 GNAC)

 

LONGEST WINNING STREAKS

21

Dec. 21, 2005 -- Mar. 10, 2006

19

Dec. 11, 2010 -- Feb. 22, 2011

 

1971 -- 72, dates unknown

16

Dec. 19, 2016 -- Current

15

1972 -- 73, dates unknown

 

Dec. 14, 1979 -- Feb. 8, 1980

 

Nov. 21, 1983 -- Jan. 21, 1984

 

Nov. 23, 2004 -- Jan. 22, 2005

14

1973 -- 74, dates unknown

13

Feb. 11, 1997 -- Mar. 23, 1997

12

Nov. 20, 1989 -- Dec. 28, 1989

 

Feb. 14, 2013 - Mar. 26, 2013

 

WWU CAREER SCORING LEADERS

Rk

Player

Points

1.

Jo Metzger (1977-81)

1,990

2.

Gina Sampson (1992-96)

1,786

3.

Taylor Peacocke (2013-)

1,767

4.

Celeste Hill (1996-2000)

1,658

5.

Amanda Dunbar (2007-11)

1,654

6.

Cim Hanson (1987-91)

1,475

7.

Jenn McGillivray (2000-04)

1,432

8.

Lori deKubber (1981-85)

1,408

9.

Amanda Olsen (1996-2000)

1,367

10.

Shannon Grandbois (1992-97)

1,335

 

 

GNAC ALL-TIME CAREER LEADING SCORERS

Rk

Points

Player

School (Years)

1.

1,946

Erin Chambers

Simon Fraser, 2011-15

2.

1,831

Bobbi Knudsen

MSU Billings, 2010-14

3.

1,767

Taylor Peacocke

Western Washington, 2013-17

4.

1,752

Rebecca Kielpinski

Alaska Anchorage, 2005-09

5.

1,712

Jordan Wilson

Alaska Fairbanks, 2013-17

6.

1,696

Rose Shaw

Central Washington, 1998-02

7.

1,654

Amanda Dunbar

Western Washington, 2007-11

8.

1,645

Katie Benson

Seattle Pacific, 2010-14

9.

1,623

Nicole Lynch

Humboldt State, 2001-05

10.

1,576

Megan Hingston

Northwest Nazarene, 2010-14

 

2016-17 GNAC Women's Basketball Standings

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

CONF

PCT

OVERALL

PCT

HOME

AWAY

NEUTRAL

STREAK

*Alaska Anchorage

16-0

1.000

23-1

.958

12-1

11-0

0-0

Won 19

*Western Washington

16-1

.941

22-3

.880

11-1

8-1

3-1

Won 16

*Simon Fraser

13-4

.765

22-5

.815

9-2

10-2

3-1

Lost 1

Seattle Pacific

9-7

.563

17-7

.708

8-5

7-2

2-0

Lost 2

Alaska

7-9

.438

11-12

.478

6-7

4-5

1-0

Lost 3

Concordia

7-9

.438

10-14

.417

5-7

4-5

1-2

Won 3

Northwest Nazarene

7-9

.438

9-13

.409

5-6

4-3

0-4

Won 1

Central Washington

5-11

.313

10-14

.417

4-8

3-6

3-0

Lost 1

Montana State Billings

5-11

.313

8-16

.333

5-4

3-12

0-0

Lost 1

Western Oregon

3-13

.188

7-16

.304

5-7

1-9

0-1

Lost 6

Saint Martin's

1-15

.063

5-19

.208

1-7

0-10

4-2

Lost 9