WWU opens regular season with 73-49 win over Azusa Pacific

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Sydney Donaldson
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM
Sydney Donaldson
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM

Nov. 16, 2012

Box Score

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Forward Sydney Donaldson (So., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) scored a career-high 20 points on 9-of-11 field-goal shooting as Western Washington University defeated Azusa Pacific University, 73-49, in first-day women's basketball action Friday at the West Region Crossover Classic being held at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

It was the season and home opener for the Vikings, ranked No.14 in the USA Today Sports/ESPN Division II Top 25 Preseason Poll.

Freshman forward Kelly Hardeman led Azusa Pacific, which fell to 0-2, with 14 points. Center Hannah Kenny added 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

APU used back-to-back 3-pointers to take a 16-13 lead with 12:56 left in the first half, but the Vikings responded with a 19-2 run, with Donaldson scoring seven of the points, to open up a 32-18 margin with 6:32 to go in the period and led the rest of the way.

The Vikings held a 37-30 advantage at halftime. The Cougars pulled within four, 41-37, on a 3-pointer by Hardeman with 17:27 to play, and were still down by just six, 46-40, with under 12 minutes remaining.

But WWU then put the game away, going on a 16-2 run and holding APU without a field goal for more than seven minutes to take a 62-42 advantage with 6:15 left. APU shot just 14.3 percent (4-of-28) from the field in the second half, and 26.3 percent (15-of-57) for the game.

Center Britt Harris (Sr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) had 14 points for the Vikings, and center Kayla Bernsen (So., Moses Lake) came off the bench to add 11.

WWU guard Corinn Waltrip (Sr., Tigard, OR) entered the game having made a school-record tying 27 consecutive free throws, but missed her first attempt of the game with 1:54 left in the first half.

On Saturday (7:30 p.m.), Nov. 17, the Vikings meet UC San Diego, which defeated Seattle Pacific, 86-67, in the opening game Friday. SPU and APU meet at 5 p.m. in the other game of the tourney's final day.