Western falls 77-63 at Dixie State
Dec. 21, 2006
ST. GEORGE, Utah - Nationally ranked Western Washington University was unable to overcome long scoring droughts at the beginning of each half and fell to Dixie State College, 77-63, in women's basketball action Thursday at Burns Arena.
Western, ranked No.14 in the latest USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25, dropped to 7-3. It is the first time that the Vikings have suffered back-to-back losses since late in the 2002-03 season.
Dixie State, which improved to 7-5, was led by guard Liz Lewis with 15 points, 12 of them in the second half. It was the Rebels' second straight win and their fifth in six home games this season.
Western trailed 14-2 after the first 6:45 and was still behind by 12, 28-16, with 4:46 left in the first half. The Vikings closed out the period with a 17-7 run as Cabe hit three 3-pointers to trail by just two, 35-33, at halftime.
Dixie State opened the second half by scoring nine of the first 10 points during a stretch of 6:36 for a 44-34 advantage. The Vikings cut that to three, 55-52, on a three-point play by Robinson with 7:28 to go. But the Rebels went on an 11-2 run to take a 12-point lead, 66-54, at 3:59 and Western never got closer than eight after that.
The Vikings shot just 34.0 percent (17-of-50) from the floor, hitting just six of 26 3-point attempts (23.1 percent), and had 35 turnovers.
Jessica Carver had 13 points and eight rebounds for Dixie State, and Chelsea Robinson contributed 13 points and four assists.
Western does not play again until Jan. 4 when it opens Great Northwest Athletic Conference action at Saint Martin's University. The defending champion Vikings have won their last 19 straight league contests.
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