Feb. 22, 2014
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Trailing by 12 points with a little over seven minutes remaining, Western Washington University twice pulled to within two points before falling 79-75 to University of Alaska Anchorage in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball game Saturday at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex on the UAA campus.
Guard Katie Colard (Jr., McCleary/Elma) scored a game-high 23 points, making 4-of-7 3-pointers, for the Vikings, who had a six-game winning streak snapped as they fell to 16-9 overall and into a tie for second place in the conference at 12-5.
WWU center Sarah Hill (Sr., Richmond, VA/Lloyd C. Bird) had her second straight double-double and third in four games with 12 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.
UAA improved to 16-6 overall and 11-5 in conference action. The Seawolves, who have won six of their last seven games, got 14 points each from Jenna Buchanan, Kiki Robertson and Jessica Madison. Kylie Burns added 12 points and five assists for the Seawolves.
WWU was behind by as many as 13 points, 57-44, with 10:53 remaining and trailed 63-51 with 7:27 to go.
The Vikings used a 19-8 run capped by a three-point play by Hill to pull to within two, 65-53, with 4:24 left.
UAA went back up by seven, 74-67, with a minute remaining, but again WWU narrowed the gap to two, 77-75, as Taylor Peacocke (Fr., Kenmore/Inglemoor) hit one of two free throws with 17 seconds to go. Then Robertson made two free throws with nine seconds left to put the game away.
The Vikings shot 52.6 percent (30-of-57) from the field. Jenni White (Jr., Spokane/East Valley) finished with 12 points and Peacocke had 11.
Colard, who also had a game-high six assists, has made a 3-pointer in every game this season and extended her overall string to 30.
WWU held a 15-12 lead eight minutes into the game, but trailed 37-33 at halftime
WWU ends its regular season Saturday (3 p.m.) against Simon Fraser University in a GNAC counter that will be regionally televised on ROOT Sports.
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