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.
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