Nov. 22, 2013
AZUSA, Calif. -
A scoring drought midway through the game doomed the Western Washington University women's basketball team which fell 76-61 to host Azusa Pacific University in first-day action Friday at the West Region Crossover Classic being held at the APU Felix Event Center.
The Vikings, ranked No.13 in the USA Today/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division II Top 25, dropped to 1-2. They were led by the 15 points of forward Kiana Gandy (R-Fr., Des Moines/Mount Rainier).
Katie Colard (Jr., McCleary/Elma) and Taylor Peacocke (Fr., Kenmore/Inglemoor) each had 11 points for WWU, and point guard Jenni White (Jr., Spokane/East Valley) added 10 points. Sarah Hill (Sr., Richmond, VA) grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and blocked two shots.
Azusa Pacific, which evened its record at 1-1, was led by the game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds of forward Sendy Valles and the 15 points and game-high 10 assists of guard Allison Greene.
Trailing by six, 34-28, with 1:18 left in the first half, WWU did not score again until the 14:06 mark of the second half. The Vikings were outscored 16-0 during that span as APU took a 50-28 lead.
The Cougars' biggest lead was 24 points on three occasions, the last being 69-45 with 5:07 to play.
Also scoring double figures for APU were Kelly Hardeman with 13 points and Maggie Dumphy with 10 points.
APU shot 56.9 percent (29-of-51) from the floor to 43.6 percent (24-of-55) for the Vikings.
WWU meets UC San Diego, which lost 66-63 to Seattle Pacific, in final-day tourney action Saturday, Nov. 23, at 3:30 p.m.