Vikings Close Out Preseason With 86-57 Win Over Corban

Nov. 5, 2017

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University redshirt freshman guard Gracie Castaneda scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Vikings to an 86-57 victory over Corban University Sunday afternoon in a preseason exhibition game on WECU Court at Carver Gym.
Trailing 21-16 after the first quarter, the Vikings regrouped with a 31-point second quarter, and out-scored Corban 70-36 over the final three periods of the game.
Overall the Vikings shot 57.6% (34-for-59), including 10-for-13 (76.9%) accuracy from 3-point range, and were 8-for-9 from the free throw line.
Castaneda (Arlington, WA) scored 19 of her game-high 25 points in the second quarter, and finished the game 9-for-14 from the field. She was 3-for-3 from 3-point range, connecting on all of her long distance attempts over a two-minute stretch in the second quarter.
Senior forward Hannah Stipanovich (St. Louis, MO/Clayton/MSU Denver) added 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting and junior guard Amanda Lance (Buckley, WA/White River) was 5-for-6 from the field (3-for-3 3-pointers) in her 13-point effort.
Sophomore Anna Schwecke (Evergreen, CO/Clear Creek/Colorado-Colo. Springs) led the Vikings with 9 rebounds, and also scored 6 points (3-for-5 FG) and tied for the team high with 6 assists.
Senior guard Maci Bozett and sophomore forward Jordan Woodvine led Corban with 13 points apiece. Junior forward Emily Yost contributed 8 points and a team-high 8 rebounds for the Warriors. The NAIA school out of Salem, Ore., overall shot 38.2% from the field, and were 7-for-26 from 3-point range.
Corban took a 21-16 lead after the first quarter, ending the quarter going on a 12-3 run. But the Vikings stormed back with a 31-point second quarter to take an eight-point 47-39 lead into halftime.
Castaneda scored 19 first-half points, all coming in the second quarter, on 6-for-7 shooting. WWU was 5-for-6 from 3-point range and overall shot 68.8% (11-for-16) in the second quarter. Bozett (3-for-5 3-pointers) and Woodvine (3-for-8 FG) led Corban with 9 first-half points.
The Vikings continued their run to open the second half, ending the third quarter on a 15-2 run to take an 18-point lead at 69-51. Stipanovich led Western with 9 points on 4-for-6 shooting, as the team continued its hot shooting from the field going 10-for-13 (76.9%) in the third quarter.
The WWU defense held Corban to just 6 points in the final quarter, ending the game with a 17-6 advantage in the fourth quarter. Freshman Emma Duff (Tumwater, WA/Black Hills) scored all 8 of her points in the fourth quarter to lead the Vikings.
The Vikings officially open the 2017-18 regular season next weekend (Fri.-Sat., Nov. 10-11) at the West Region Crossover Classic in Fresno, Calif. WWI will open with tournament host Fresno Pacific on Friday (7:30 pm) and then take on Humboldt State on Saturday (5:30 pm).
WWU’s first official games on WECU Court at Carver Gym will be in the annual Lynda Goodrich Classic Nov. 24-25 hosting Valdosta State, Academy of Art and Saint Martin’s for the two-day tournament. WWU takes on Valdosta State (5 pm) on Nov. 24 before playing Academy of Art at 7:30 pm on Nov. 25.  
The complete 2017-18 schedule can be viewed online at
Note: All statistics and records from this game do not count towards the 2017-18 regular season standings and cumulative statistics.
The Preseason: WWU finished the preseason going 2-0, recording wins over Trinity Western (66-60) and Corban (86-57)…WWU shot 50.8% (61-for-120) from the field in the two games, with 50.0% accuracy from 3-point range (17-for-34)…Gracie Castaneda (19.0 ppg), Hannah Stipanovich (17.5 ppg) and Amanda Lance (12.0 ppg) led the Vikings averaging double-digits in the two exhibition games…Anna Schwecke was WWU’s top rebounder with 7.0 boards per game, including 3.0 offensive rebounds per game.
About WWU Basketball:
One of the premier basketball programs in NCAA Division II, recording a 20-win season in seven of the last eight seasons and 34 times in the 46-year history of the program. WWU has 20 seasons of 20 or more wins under head coach Carmen Dolfo, who is the winningest coach of any sport at WWU and ranks among Division II active and all-time coaching leaders in wins, win percentage and 20-win seasons. The Vikings have reached the NCAA II Tournament in 16 of 19 seasons at the Division II level with two trips to the Final Four. WWU is a four-time Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season champion and two-time GNAC Championships tournament champion. The Vikings are coming off a 2016-17 season where the program went 26-6, including an 18-2 record in conference play, and advanced to the semifinal round of the NCAA Division II West Regional. The program enters the 2017-18 season seven wins shy of 1,000 wins in program history with 993 all-time wins for a .744 winning percentage.

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