No.20 WWU upsets No.6 Washburn, 64-62, at South Point Holiday Hoops Classic
Dec. 18, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Center Britt Harris (Sr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) scored a career-high 27 points as Western Washington University defeated Washburn University, 64-62, in first-day action Tuesday in a women's basketball contest between two nationally Top 25 ranked teams at the 2012 South Point Holiday Hoops Classic being held at The Arena at South Point.
The Vikings, ranked No.20 in this week's USA Today Sports/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 7-2 overall and snapped a two-game losing streak. Guard Katie Colard (So., McCleary/Elma) had 12 points for WWU and forward Trishi Williams (Sr., Mabton) contributed nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Washburn, No.6 nationally, fell to 6-1. Forward LaVonda McCall led the Lady Blues with a career-high 20 points, and center Tiara George added 16 points and eight rebounds.
WWU trailed by six, 46-40, with less than nine minutes left, but went on a 16-4 run in a span of 3:25 that gave the Vikings a 56-50 lead with 6:12 to play. The charge started when Colard hit a 3-pointer and a Washburn foul on a block out led to two Harris free throws.
The Vikings led the rest of the way after the run, but the Lady Blues pulled within three, 62-59, on a Sierra Moeller layin with 41.9 seconds left. A free throw by Colard and another by Jenni White (So., Spokane/West Valley) pushed the margin to five before Washburn's Laura Kinderknecht, who finished with 10 points, made a 3-pointer with 5.3 seconds left for the final margin.
WWU was able to run out most of the remainder of the time, and time expired without a possession after Corinn Waltrip (Sr., Tigard, OR) missed two free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining.
Harris, who had 15 points in the second half, was 10-of-19 from the field and 7-of-9 on free throws. She also had four assists and three steals, both team highs.
WWU was up, 28-26, at halftime, and held a 32-28 lead early in the second half, but Washburn went on an 11-2 run in a four-minute span to take a 39-34 lead with 13:47 left.
WWU meets No.15 Grand Canyon on Wednesday (3 p.m.), Dec. 19, in final-day tourney action. The Antelopes (10-2) defeated Wisconsin-Parkside, 68-54, in the tourney's opening game.
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