Vikings perservere in 72-63 win over Colorado Christian at Disney's DII Tip-Off Classic

Krystal Robinson

Nov. 3, 2007

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Forward Krystal Robinson (Sr., Kent/Kentridge) scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, both game-high figures, as Western Washington University overcame letting a double-digit second-half lead slip away and gamely claimed a 72-63 victory over Colorado Christian University in second-day action Saturday at the Disney's Division II West Coast Tip-Off Classic being held at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Center Claire Pallansch (Jr., Redmond) had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Vikings, who evened their record at 1-1. Colorado Christian, which fell to 0-2, was led by guard Talmai Aguirre, a preseason Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference all-league pick who scored 16 of her 18 points in the final 15 minutes.

The Vikings, who jumped to an 11-0 lead in the first three minutes, held a 28-20 lead at halftime as they held Colorado Christian to 23.1 percent (6-of-26) field goal accuracy in the first half.

Western still led by 10, 42-32, after two Robinson free throws with 15:22 to play. Colorado Christian then went on a 22-8 run in an eight-minute span, taking a 54-50 lead on a 3-pointer by Sara Davis with 6:43 to go. Aquirre had the first nine points in the charge, hitting a 3-pointer, then converting a pair of 3-point plays.

But Western had a rally of its own left. The Vikings went on a 10-2 run, taking a 60-56 advantage with 2:25 to go. Guard Amanda Dunbar (R-Fr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) hit a layup to give Western the lead for good at 57-56, then capped the charge with a 3-pointer.

Colorado Christian twice pulled within two points, but baskets by Robinson and Dunbar pushed the lead back to four, and Western preserved the victory by hitting eight straight free throws in the final 36 seconds. Dunbar finished with 13 points, nine of them in the final 3:25.

The Vikings made 18-of-20 free throws (90.0 percent) and held Colorado Christian to 34.0 percent floor shooting (18-of-53), including just 4-of-18 from 3-point range.

Western, which had a 41-30 edge in rebounds, next faces UC San Diego (2-0) on Sunday at 1 p.m.