March 1, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Center Sarah Hill (Sr., Richmond, VA/Lloyd C. Bird) celebrated Senior Day with 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds as Western Washington University concluded its regular season with a 72-63 victory over Simon Fraser University in a regionally televised Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
Guard Jenni White (Jr., Spokane/East Valley) scored a team-high 14 points for WWU, which improved to 17-9 overall and 13-5 in the GNAC. The Vikings, who have won six of their last seven games, clinched second place in the conference standings and a first-round bye in next week's GNAC tournament with Montana State Billings' 75-72 win over Alaska Anchorage.
SFU fell to 17-8 overall and 12-6 in the GNAC, and will enter the conference tourney as the No.4 seed. The Clan, No.3 in this week's NCAA Division II West Region ranking, was led by the 23 points of Erin Chambers, the GNAC's leading scorer who was 8-of-22 from the field.
The score was tied at 62-62 after Chambers fed Rebecca Langmead for a layin with 2:27 left. But Hill got a 3-point play off a putback, then found Sydney Donaldson (Jr., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) for a layin, putting WWU up by five, 67-62, with 1:22 to go. Chambers then fouled out on a charging call, and the Vikings iced the victory by making 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute.
Tia Briggs (Fr., Tacoma/Wilson) had 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench for WWU, and Donaldson added 12 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots as the Vikings notched 12 blocks as a team, just three off the school record.
Hill, the lone Viking senior, had her fourth double-double in the last five contests, grabbing 10 of her rebounds at the offensive end.
WWU hit five of its first six shots to jump to a 10-0 lead a little over three minutes into the game, and held a 16-6 advantage with 11:50 left in the first half, but SFU used a run of 12 straight points to grab an 18-16 lead with 6:56 remaining.
The Vikings held a 32-28 advantage at halftime.
WWU finished 9-2 at home this season.
Vikings Fall at Montana State Billings, 75-62
Hannah Stipanovich and Gracie Castaneda lead WWU with 15 points apiece
WWU Tops Simon Fraser 74-60 to Open GNAC Play
All five starters finish in double figures scoring, WWU pulls away in fourth quarter
Women's Basketball Faces Simon Fraser, MSU Billings to Begin GNAC Schedule
The Vikings host SFU on Tuesday and travel to MSUB on Thursday to open GNAC play
WWU Takes Down Academy of Art 82-66 in Lynda Goodrich Classic Finale
Vikings outscore Urban Knights 25-7 during third quarter to pull away in victory
Vikings Edged 59-56 by Valdosta State in Lynda Goodrich Classic
WWU erases deficit to tie with just over a minute left, Blazers pull ahead in final minute
WWU Set to Host Lynda Goodrich Classic
The Vikings face Valdosta State on Friday and Academy of Art on Saturday
Pair of Thanksgiving Tournaments Hosted in Bellingham
WWU will host the Chuck Randall Classic and Lynda Goodrich Classic in Carver Gym
Vikings Fall 84-68 to Azusa Pacific at West Region Crossover Classic
Hannah Stipanovich scores 20 points, Anna Schwecke and Gracie Castaneda add 13 apiece
WWU Falls 56-49 Against UC San Diego at West Region Crossover Classic
Hannah Stipanovich scores 13 points, grabs career-high 14 rebounds for Vikings
WWU Returns to California for Second West Region Crossover Classic Tournament
WWU faces UC San Diego Friday (5:30 pm) and Azusa Pacific (7:30 pm) Saturday
Vikings Hold Off Humboldt State 54-50 in California
WWU withstands late rally, Hannah Stipanovich leads Vikings with 13 points
WWU Tops Fresno Pacific 86-72 in Season Opener
Senior forward Hannah Stipanovich scores 20 points to lead five Vikings in double figures
WWU to Open Season at West Region Crossover Classic
The Vikings face tournament host Fresno Pacific on Friday and Humboldt State on Saturday
Vikings Close Out Preseason With 86-57 Win Over Corban
Redshirt freshman Gracie Castaneda scores game-high 25 points
Vikings Picked 6th by GNAC Preseason Coaches Poll
WWU hosts Corban on Sunday for exhibition, officially opens season Nov. 10-11 in California