Dec. 19, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Unable to match up inside, Western Washington University fell 69-61 to nationally ranked Drury University MO on Thursday in a women's basketball contest at the 2013 South Point Holiday Hoops Classic being held at The Arena at South Point.
The Vikings, who fell to 3-5, got a team-high 17 points from guard Katie Colard (Jr., McCleary/Elma), who connected on 5-of-8 3-pointers.
Drury, ranked No.6 in the Women's Basketball Coaches of America/NCAA Division II/Top 25 Poll, remained unbeaten at 8-0.
The Lady Panthers got 34 points and 27 rebounds from the post position. Starter Sanayika Shields, a 6-foot-1 junior, had career highs of 15 points and a game-high 18 rebounds, and 6-7 senior Amber Dvorak, a transfer from NCAA I Minnesota, added a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
Drury, which had a 48-29 rebound advantage, also got 11 points from Paige Wilson, 10 in the first half when she hit three 3-pointers.
WWU, which never led in the contest, was within four points, 34-30, with 4:23 left in the first half. But the Lady Panthers ended the period with an 11-0 run to lead by 15, 45-30, at the intermission.
The Vikings scored seven straight points late in the game, narrowing the margin to seven with 2:08 left, but could get no closer.
Tia Briggs (Fr., Tacoma/Wilson) scored 12 points for WWU and Jenni White (Jr., Spokane/East Valley) 10. Sarah Hill (Sr., Richmond, VA/Lloyd C. Bird) had seven points and nine rebounds for the Vikings.
WWU takes on Texas Woman's University on Friday at 2:15 p.m. The Pioneers are 4-4, losing 78-58 to Montana State Billings in action earlier Thursday.
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