Feb. 20, 2014
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Center Sarah Hill (Sr., Richmond, VA/Lloyd C. Bird) had a double-double with 18 points and a game-high 14 rebounds and guard Katie Colard (Jr., McCleary/Elma) added a game-high 20 points on 6-of-9 3-point shooting as Western Washington University defeated University of Alaska Fairbanks, 91-65, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball game Thursday at Patty Center on the UAF campus.
The Vikings, who had six players score double figures, improved to 16-8 overall and took over sole possession of second place in the conference at 12-4 as Simon Fraser fell 87-71 at Alaska Anchorage.
WWU has now won five straight games and 11 of their last 13.
UAF fell to 9-14 overall and 3-12 in GNAC action. The Nanooks, who have won just three of their last 16 games after a 6-1 start, were led by Kailee Skjold with team highs of 19 points and eight rebounds.
WWU broke the game open during the early stages of the second half with a 17-3 run over a five-minute stretch for a 60-40 lead with 12:38 remaining.
UAF never got closer than 18 after that and the Vikings' biggest lead was 28 points. Taylor Peacocke (Fr., Kenmore/Inglemoor) scored 13 points for WWU, Sydney Donaldson (Jr., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) had12, Tia Briggs (Fr., Tacoma/Wilson) 11 and Jenni White (Jr., Spokane/East Valley) 10.
The Vikings shot 53.1 percent (34-of-64) from the field, hitting 9-of-13 3-pointers for a season-high 69.2 percent. The nine makes tied their season best.
UAF entered the game ranked sixth nationally in 3-point defense at 24.9.
WWU led 16-5 just over four minutes into the contest and held a 40-31 lead at halftime.
Colard had 11 points in the first period and Hill 12 in the second.
WWU has now won 42 of the 47 series meetings with UAF, taking the last 12 decisions.
WWU is at Alaska Anchorage on Saturday (6:15 p.m. PT) for a GNAC counter.
Peacocke Honored with Hall of Fame Jersey Display
After standout senior season, Taylor Peacocke's jersey is featured at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Vikings Add Three Transfers to Program
Dani Iwami (Hawai'i Pacific), Taylor Enders (Utah State) and Anna Schwecke (Colorado-Colorado Springs) join program
2016-17 Women's Basketball Season in Review
WWU recorded 34th 20-win season in the 46-year history of the program
Women's Basketball Adds Three Players for 2017-18
Emma Duff, Kelsey Rogers and Bobbi Westendorf to join WWU women's hoops team
Summer Hoops Camps Set for July
Register for WWU Women's Basketball Camps in Carver Gym in July
Taylor Peacocke to Participate at Pro Combine
Peacocke also adds another All-American accolade with First Team All-America honor from Division II Bulletin
WWU is 14th in Division II All-Sports Standings
WWU's men's and women's basketball programs gather points by advancing to the NCAA Tournament
Hathaway Recognized as SHAPE America Major of the Year
Hathaway appeared in 120 games during her WWU career and was a three-time GNAC Academic selection
Taylor Peacocke Named WBCA First Team All-American
Peacocke becomes fourth player in program history to earn First Team All-America recognition from WBCA
Taylor Peacocke Named D2CCA All-American
Peacocke set WWU and GNAC single-season records with 745 points (23.3 points/game) during senior season
Taylor Peacocke Named All-West Region
Taylor Peacocke is the nation’s leading scorer at NCAA II level with 23.3 points per game
WWU Falls 80-68 to Cal Baptist at West Regional
Tia Briggs scores career-high 29 points, Taylor Peacocke scores 25 points in loss to Lancers
WWU Tops Cal State East Bay 74-48 at NCAA West Regional
Tia Briggs and Taylor Peacocke each score 18 points, Vikings will face Cal Baptist on Saturday in semifinal round
How To Follow Today's Basketball Games
WWU men play Chico State at 12 pm PT in San Diego, WWU women play Cal State East Bay at 1 pm PT in Anchorage
WWU to Face Cal State East Bay at NCAA Regional
The No. 3-seed Vikings will play Friday at 1 pm PT/12 pm AKT against No. 6-seed Cal State East Bay