March 2, 2013
MONMOUTH, Ore. - Center Kayla Bernsen (So., Moses Lake) came off the bench to score a game and career-high 25 points as nationally ranked Western Washington University defeated Western Oregon University, 78-54, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball contest Saturday at the New P.E. Building on the WOU campus.
The Vikings, ranked No.7 in this week's USA Today Sports/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll and No.1 in the West Region rating, finished their regular season 23-3 with a sixth straight win. They won the conference regular-season crown with a 17-1 record and earned the No.1 seed and a first-round bye at the GNAC Tournament which takes place next week at Lacey.
Western Oregon fell to 8-20 overall and 3-15 in the GNAC with its sixth straight loss and the 16th in the last 19 contests. Melissa Fowler led the Wolves with 15 points on 7-of-11 field-goal shooting.
The Vikings took control quickly, jumping to an 11-0 lead. Katie Colard (So., McCleary/Elma), who finished with 16 points on 5-of-5 field-goal shooting, all 3-pointers, had seven in the charge. WWU held a 41-24 advantage at halftime, and led by as much as 29 points in the second half.
Bernsen, who also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and blocked four shots, hit her first 10 shots from the field before missing two shots in the final four minutes.
As a team, the Vikings shot 50.9 percent (28-of-55) from the field, and held WOU to 33.3 percent (19-of-57). WWU shot a season-best 75.0 percent on 3-pointers, going 9-of-12.
It was WWU's 21st straight win in the series, upping its overall advantage to 42-9.
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
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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