No.13 Vikings fall 76-61 at No.4 Seattle Pacific
Feb. 26, 2005
SEATTLE, Wash. - Guard Jodi Gerald (Sr., Puyallup/Cascade Christian) scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, hitting six 3-pointers for the second consecutive game, but it wasn't enough as Western Washington University fell to Seattle Pacific University, 76-61, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball game featuring two nationally ranked teams Saturday at Royal Brougham Pavilion.
The Vikings, ranked No.13 in the latest USA Today/ESPN/Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 and No.2 in the West Region rating, fell to 22-4 overall and 14-3 in the GNAC. Center Courtney Clapp (Jr., Kirkland/Juanita) added 15 points for Western and forward Tina Donahue (Jr., Stanwood) added 12.
Seattle Pacific, rated No.4 nationally and No.1 in the region, improved to 23-2 and have clinched the league's automatic berth into the West Regional and at least a share of the GNAC title with two games remaining at 15-1. The Falcons also won their 28th straight game at home, and have home winning streaks of 43 games in the GNAC and 57 contests in the regular season.
Forward Carli Smith had 13 points for Seattle Pacific, and also had game-highs of 22 rebounds and seven assists. Center Brittney Kroon and guard Mandy Wood each had a team-high 15 points for Seattle Pacific, with Kroon going 6-of-6 from the field and blocking seven shots.
Western used a run of eight straight point to take an 8-7 lead 4:27 into the first half, but that was the only lead of the game for the Vikings. They were still down by just four, 18-14, with just over nine minutes left in the period, but Seattle Pacific went on a 12-4 run, with Kroon and Smith each scoring five points, to open up a 30-18 advantage with 4:28 to go to halftime.
Seattle Pacific held a 35-28 lead at halftime. Western never got closer than that in the second half, and never got the margin under double digits in the last 16 minutes.
Gerald, who made all six of her 3-pointers while scoring a career-high 32 points in Thursday's 90-63 win at Central Washington, connected on her first three treys against Seattle Pacific to break both the school and GNAC records of seven. Gerald, who has scored double figures in 14 of her last 16 games, finished 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Western, which has now lost its last seven series meetings with Seattle Pacific, shot just 31.1 percent (19-of-61) from the field.
The Vikings end their regular season next Saturday (5 p.m.) with a GNAC counter at Seattle U.
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