Nov. 29, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Taylor Peacocke (Fr., Kenmore/Inglemoor) scored 12 of her game-high 16 points in the first half, helping the Western Washington University women's basketball team open an early lead and roll to an 84-46 victory over Pacific Lutheran University in first-day action at the 17th annual Lynda Goodrich Classic being held at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
It was the 21st straight home court victory for the Vikings, who improved to 2-3 while snapping a three-game losing streak. Forward Tia Briggs (Fr., Tacoma/Wilson) added 14 points and a game-high seven rebounds for WWU.
Shelly Kilcup had 12 points and six rebounds for PLU, which fell to 1-3. First-year Lutes' coach Jennifer Childress was a top assistant at WWU for seven seasons.
WWU never trailed, jumping to a 17-6 advantage after eight minutes and leading 42-26 at halftime. The margin was never less than 20 points in the last 14 minutes and never less than 30 in the final nine minutes.
Center Sarah Hill (Sr., Richmond, VA/Lloyd C.Bird) and guard Katie Collard (Jr., McCleary/Elma) each had 11 points for the Vikings, who shot 55.4 percent (31-of-56) from the field and had a 38-22 rebound adantage.
The victory was the 11th straight for WWU at the Goodrich Classic, and its 30th in 33 games overall. The Vikings have not lost to PLU in 24 series meetings.
WWU completes tourney action Saturday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m., entertaining Northwest University, which defeated Saint Martin's, 78-76, in Friday's first game.