Dec. 20, 2013
Las Vegas, NV -
Having its best defensive effort of the young season, Western Washington University defeated Texas Woman's University, 80-44, in basketball action Friday at the 2013 South Point Holiday Hoops Classic held at The Arena at South Point.
The Vikings, who snapped a two-game losing streak in improving to 4-5, were led by reserve forward Tia Briggs (Fr., Tacoma/Wilson) with a game-high 15 points, 10 in the first half, on 7-of-10 field-goal shooting.
TWU, which fell to 4-5, did not have a player reach double-figure scoring while hitting just 28.6 percent (14-of-49) from the floor. The Pioneers turned the ball over 23 times.
WWU, which never trailed, led 12-1 after the first five minutes. A 15-2 run over a four-minute stretch late in the first period gave the Vikings a 38-18 advantage and they led by 21, 38-17, at halftime.
WWU enjoyed its biggest lead of 43 points with 7:47 remaining in the game following a 16-2 run.
The Vikings shot 50.8 percent (30-of-59) from the field. They also got 14 points and seven rebounds from guard Katie Colard (Jr., McCleary/Elma), who made 4-of-9 3-pointers. Center Sarah Hill (Sr., Richmond, VA/Lloyd C. Bird) contributed 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds after not having a point or rebound in the first half because of early foul trouble.
Forward Rachel Albert (Fr., Bellingham/Sehome) came off the bench with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting for WWU and point guard Jenni White (Jr., Spokane/East Valley) had eight points and game bests of five assists and three steals.
WWU takes a 12-day holiday break before returning to action with a Great Northwest Athletic Conference game at nationally No.9-ranked Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m.