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.
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