No.6 Vikings upset by Chico State, 75-74, at CCAA/GNAC Classic
Dec. 7, 2012
CHICO. Calif. - Nationally ranked Western Washington University led into the final minute before being upset 75-74 by host Chico State University in first-round action Friday at the California Collegiate Athletic Association/Great Northwest Athletic Conference Crossover Classic being held at Acker Gymnasium.
The Vikings, ranked No.6 in this week's USA Today Sports/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, fell to 6-1with their first loss coming in their first road game of the season. They had five players score in double figures, led by guard Trishi Williams (Sr., Mabton) with 14.
Chico State, which got a game-high 16 points from point guard Courtney Hamilton, remained unbeaten in five games this season.
Monni Davidson-Mays put the Wildcats ahead to stay, 73-71, on a fastbreak layup with 46 seconds remaining.
WWU was unable to score on its next trip down the floor, being forced to foul and Chico State's Jazmine Miller hit two free throws with six ticks left for a 75-71 advantage.
The Vikings' Corinn Waltrip (Sr., Tigard, OR), who had 13 points, made a 3-point shot at the buzzer for the final score.
Williams hit four clutch free throws, the last two with 49 seconds left, for a 71-69 WWU lead.
Chico State missed a 3-pointer, but Davidson-Mays got a steal and Hannah Womack, who scored 13 points, tied the game at 71-all on a layup with 59 seconds to go.
WWU got 37 points off the bench with Katie Colard (So., McCleary/Elma) scoring 13 and Kayla Bernsen (So., Moses Lake) and Sarah Hill (Jr., Richmond, VA) each having 12. Bernsen scored 10 in the first half as she did not miss a shot in the period with four field goals and two free throws.
The Vikings, who led by as many as 15 points in the first half, had a 24-6 rebound advantage at the intermission and finished with a 40-31 edge. Hill and Williams tied for game-high honors with eight rebounds each.
WWU led by nine points, 58-49, midway through the second half.
The Vikings meet Sonoma State (2-4), which lost 75-57 to Seattle Pacific in the first game of the night, on Saturday (5:30 p.m.), Dec. 8.
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