20th-Ranked Vikings Bring 5-Game Win Streak to the Court

Jan. 12, 2017

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🏀  THIS WEEK IN WWU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL  🏀 

Thursday, January 12

How to Follow

Saint Martin’s, 7 pm, Bellingham (Whatcom Pavilion)

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Saturday, January 14

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#11 Seattle Pacific, 7 pm, Bellingham (Whatcom Pavilion)

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WHAT’S HAPPENING…the Western Washington University women’s basketball team (11-3, 5-1 GNAC) brings  a five-game winning streak into this week’s action against Saint Martin’s (5-9, 1-5 GNAC) and nationally-ranked Seattle Pacific (13-1, 5-1 GNAC)…both games will be played at Whatcom Community College with tip-off at 7 pm.

HOW TO FOLLOW…if you can’t be there in person, fans can follow this week’s games via a Webcast and Live Stats at WWUVikings.com/Live…both games will also be broadcast over the airwaves on KBAI 930 AM & 98.9 FM.

THE RECORD…the Vikings are 11-3 on the season and tied for 2nd in the GNAC with a 5-1 record…are 5-1 at home, 3-1 away and 3-1 in neutral site games…two of three losses came against current top 10 opponents and the three teams that defeated WWU have a combined record of 32-9.

RECORD BREAKDOWN

Overall Record

11-3

GNAC

5-1

Home

5-1

Away

3-1

Neutral

3-1

vs. Ranked Teams

1-2

Leading at Half

11-1

Trailing at Half

0-1

Tied at Half

0-1

LAST TIME OUT…extended the win streak to five consecutive games with road victories over Northwest Nazarene (86-81) and Central Washington (60-53)…Taylor Peacocke averaged 21.5 points/game during the road trip, adding 6.0 rebounds/game and 3.0 assists/game…Kiana Gandy added 11.5 points/game and Lexie Bland chipped in 9.0 points/game (5-for-8 3-pointers).

AMONG THE RANKED…ranked No. 20 in the D2SIDA poll (Media/SID rankings)…WWU is also 4th in the D2SIDA West Region poll behind Alaska Anchorage, Seattle Pacific and California Baptist.

NATIONAL LEADERTaylor Peacocke leads all of NCAA Division II with an average of 23.2 points per game…season-high scoring total was 30 points against UC San Diego on Nov. 19…has scored at least 18 points in 13 of 14 games this season…is the 9th-leading active scorer in NCAA Division II with 1,520 points in 101 career games (15.0 points/game).

NCAA II LEADING SCORERS

1.

Taylor Peacocke, WWU

23.2

2.

Dana Watts, American International

22.8

3.

Jordan Wilson, Alaska

22.7

4.

Taylor Adams, Shorter

22.3

5.

Sandra Ikeora, Dominican (CA)

21.5

FIVE IN A ROW…the Vikings are on a current 5-game win streak, the 3rd-longest current win streak among GNAC teams…WWU has put together at least 2 win streaks of 5 or more games each season since the 2009-10 season…the longest win streak last season was 7 games and longest win streak in school history is 21 games (2005-2006 season).

HOME SWEET HOME…WWU plays 3 of its next 4 games at home after playing 7 of its last 10 games away from home…the Vikings are 5-1 in Bellingham this season…WWU is 49-8 in home games over the last five seasons (since the 2012-13 season).

BALANCED ATTACK…three players are averaging double digits scoring for the season…Taylor Peacocke (23.2 ppg), Kiana Gandy (13.4 ppg) and Tia Briggs (10.6 ppg) are all averaging double figures…Hannah Stipanovich is just shy of a double digit average (9.3 points/game).

NCAA II TEAM STATISTICS RANKINGS

Scoring Offense

22

78.6

Scoring Defense

82

61.0

Scoring Margin

18

17.6

FG Percentage

10

46.6

FG Pct. Defense

74

36.8

FT Percentage

7

78.6

Rebound Margin

45

6.3

3-Point FG Per Game

T-203

5.0

3-Point FG Percentage

23

37.0

Won-Lost Percentage

T-47

78.6

Assist Turnover Ratio

80

0.93

Turnover Margin

118

1.07

CHARITY STRIPE…the Vikings are 276-for-351 as a team from the free throw line through 14 games (78.6%) to rank 7th in the country and 3rd in the GNAC for free throw percentage…WWU was 70% from the line as a team last season…rank 3rd in the country and 1st in the GNAC in free throws made (276) as well as 11th nationally and 1st in the GNAC with 351 total attempts…Hannah Stipanovich is 56-for-62 at the line (90.3%) to rank 13th nationally and 1st in the GNAC…Taylor Peacocke ranks 28th nationally in free throws made (90) and 8th in free throws attempted (106), while ranking 46th nationally in free throw percentage (84.9%, 90-of-106)..

ON THE MARK…WWU leads the GNAC and ranks 10th in NCAA Division II with a field goal percentage of 46.6% (377-for-809)…the Vikings have shot 50% or better from the field in 5 of 14 games this season…Nikki Corbett ranks 3rd in the GNAC with a field goal percentage of 58.4% (45-for-77)…four Vikings are within the top 20 field goal percentage leaders in the conference.

THE HEADLINES

  • Scoring Machine Taylor Peacocke leads NCAA Division II averaging 23.2 points per game.
  • Chasing History Taylor Peacocke has scored 1,520 points in 101 career games, 5th-most in WWU history.
  • GNAC Scoring Taylor Peacocke is 10th in GNAC history with 1,520 career points.
  • 11-3 – The Vikings are 11-3 start and out-scoring opponents 1,100-854 (+17.6 scoring margin).
  • Charity Stripe – WWU is 7th in the nation in free throw percentage (78.6%/276-for-351).
  • Remaining Schedule – WWU has 14 remaining games (all GNAC) in the 2016-17 regular season (8 home).
  • Assists & Steals Jessica Valley leads the team in assists (3.4/game) and steals (1.9/game).

THE STARTING 5…here is a look at the probable starting 5 for the Vikings:

#

Player

Pos

GP-GS

Points/G

Rebounds/G

Minutes/G

Notable

15

Hannah Stipanovich

F

14-10

9.3

4.0

17.9

11th in NCAA II with 90.3 FT%

33

Kiana Gandy

F

14-14

13.4

4.1

30.3

9th in GNAC in scoring average

44

Tia Briggs

C

14-14

10.6

6.6

29.0

T5th in GNAC in rebounding average

3

Taylor Peacocke

G

14-14

23.2

4.7

32.6

NCAA II scoring leader with 23.2 ppg

34

Jessica Valley

G

14-14

5.7

5.4

28.1

Leads team with 3.4 Ast/G, 1.9 Stl/G

PEACOCKE’S POINTS…senior Taylor Peacocke has moved up to 5th in WWU history with 1,520 career points…became the 10th player in GNAC history to reach 1,500 career points…also ranks 2nd in program history averaging 15.0 points per game (101 games/85 starts)…Peacocke has scored in double-digits in 42 of her last 43 games, and 84 of 101 career games with WWU…the school record for points in a career is 1,990 by Jo Metzger from 1977-81…the single-season scoring mark is 630 points (21.7 per game average) by Metzger in 1980-81 (Peacocke currently has 325 points).

WWU Career Scoring Leaders

WWU Points (Career)

Points

1.

Jo Metzger (1977-81)

1,990

2.

Gina Sampson (1992-96)

1,786

3.

Celeste Hill (1996-2000)

1,658

4.

Amanda Dunbar (2007-11)

1,654

5.

Taylor Peacocke (2013-)

1,520

6.

Cim Hanson (1987-91)

1,475

7.

Jenn McGillivray (2000-04)

1,432

8.

Lori deKubber (1981-85)

1,408

9.

Amanda Olsen (1996-2000)

1,367

10.

Shannon Grandbois (1992-97)

1,335

11.

Cindy Pancerzewski (1981-85)

1,298

12.

Katie Colard (2011-15)

1,207

13.

Kris Keltner (1983-87)

1,195

14.

Tina Donahue (2002-06)

1,191

15.

Jan Johnston (1976-80)

1,164

WWU Average Points/Game (Career)

Avg.

1.

Jo Metzger (1977-81)

18.3

2.

Taylor Peacocke (2013-)

15.0

3.

Gina Sampson (1992-96)

14.9

4.

Celeste Hill (1996-2000)

14.5

5.

Amanda Dunbar (2007-11)

14.4

DIALING IT UP FROM LONGE RANGE…WWU ranks 23rd in the NCAA Division II and 2nd in the GNAC shooting 37.0% (70-for-189) from 3-point range…the Vikings have made 6 or more 3-pointers in 7 of 14 games this season…Taylor Peacocke ranks 28th nationally and 3rd in the GNAC from long range at 44.0% (37-for-84)…Kiana Gandy (41.9%, 13-for-31) and Aleisha Hathaway (41.7%, 5-for-12) are also shooting better than 40% from 3-point range.

THAT’S A START…the Vikings have outscored their opponents in first quarter during all but three games during the season (1 game tied, 2 games trailing)…over its last 4 games, WWU has outscored opponents 93-42 in the first quarter.

ON THE BOARDS…the Vikings rank 1st in the GNAC and 44th nationally with a rebounding margin of 6.3…Tia Briggs ranks T-5th in the GNAC with 6.6 rebounds per game while Jessica Valley is T-11th in the conference at 5.4 rebounds per game.

FILLING THE STAT SHEETJessica Valley has proven to be an all-around contributor for the Vikings, leading WWU in assists (3.4 apg) and steals (1.9 spg), and ranking 2nd with 5.4 rebounds/game…has also contributed 5.7 points per game while starting every game.

YES, THAT STIPANOVICHHannah Stipanovich is a junior transfer from Metro State…she is the daughter Steve Stipanovich, who played in the NBA for the Indiana Pacers from 1983-88 (403 games, 13.2 points/game, 7.8 rebounds/game)…Stipanovich is averaging 9.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in 14 games/10 starts.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS…at brief look at WWU’s opponents this week in GNAC play:

Saint Martin’s (5-9, 1-5): The Saints enter Thursday’s game with an overall record of 5-9 with a 1-5 mark in league play…junior forward Elin Johansson leads NNU and ranks 7th in the GNAC at 13.8 points per game while ranking 5th in the GNAC at 6.6 rebounds per game…junior guard Hannah Reynolds (9.7 ppg), sophomore guard Baylee Olsen (9.2 ppg) and freshman forward/guard Mercedes Victor (9.0 ppg) have helped pace the offense as well…WWU leads the all-time series 66-10 after sweeping the season series last season, and has won 18 consecutive games vs. the Saints…SMU was picked to place 9th in the GNAC Preseason Coaches Poll.
Seattle Pacific (13-1, 5-1): The Falcons head into the week with a 13-1 overall record and a 5-1 mark in GNAC play…SPU is ranked No. 2 regionally in the most recent D2SIDA poll, and holds national rankings of No. 11 (D2SIDA) and No. 14 (WBCA)…Falcons have won two games in a row and will face Simon Fraser on Thursday before battling the Vikings…junior guard Courtney Hollander leads SPU at 13.1 points per game (11th in GNAC) and 7.8 rebounds per game (3rd in GNAC)…junior guard Jordan McPhee adds 10.7 points per game and junior forward Erica Pagano is averaging 9.0 points per game to help the offense…the Falcons lead the GNAC in field goal percentage defense (35.0% average)…WWU leads the all-time series 59-30…Vikings swept the season series last year and have a current three-game winning streak…Falcons were picked to place 3rd in the conference by the GNAC Preseason Coaches Poll.

20-POINT STREAKTaylor Peacocke opened the season with 6 consecutive games scoring 20 or more points…with a quick check of the archives, the 6-game streak of 20+ points was the longest since WWU Hall of Famer and all-time leading scorer Jo Metzger had an 8-game streak from Jan. 19-Feb. 9, 1979…had the streak snapped scoring just 19 points Dec. 1 at Alaska…had her streak of scoring in double digits snapped at 37 consecutive games (scored 10+ in 55 of last 59).

GNAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK…scoring 29 points in back-to-back games last week, Taylor Peacocke was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 26-Jan. 1…the GNAC weekly award is the second this season for Peacocke and the fourth of her career…Tia Briggs also earned the award for Dec. 12-20.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMSTaylor Peacocke and Kiana Gandy were both named to the All-Tournament Team at the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic hosted by Seattle Pacific…Peacocke and Hannah Stipanovich were selected to the All-Tournament Team at the West Region Crossover Classic…Peacocke and Jessica Valley were honored as All-Tournament Team selections at the Lynda Goodrich Classic…Gandy was an all-tournament selection at the Holiday Hoops Classic…Peacocke was named the tournament MVP of three of the four tournaments WWU appeared in.

20-WIN SEASONS…the Vikings went 20-9 last season, marking the 33rd 20-win season in the 45-year history of the program…recorded at least 20 wins in 6 of last 7 seasons…also marked the 19th 20-win season under head coach Carmen Dolfo (25 seasons).

GNAC FAVORITES…the Vikings were selected as the slight favorite in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll…in a vote of the 11 conference head coaches, WWU claimed 112 points and 6 of the 11 first-place votes…only 9 points separated the top three teams in the poll.

ALL-GNAC PRESEASON…seniors Taylor Peacocke, Kiana Gandy and Tia Briggs were each picked as unanimous selections to the GNAC Preseason All-Conference Team…Peacocke was named First Team All-GNAC in 2015 while Gandy was an honorable mention selection following last year’s season…WWU tied with Simon Fraser for the most selections to the preseason team.

RETURNING EXPERIENCE…the Vikings return 8 letters winners from last season…in addition to 4 returning starters, 4 additional returners saw action in at least 26 of the Vikings 29 games…in total, 77.8 percent of the offensive production from last season returns.

CARVER CONSTRUCTION…all regular season home games, including tournament games, will be played at Whatcom Pavilion on the campus of Whatcom Community College while Carver Gym completes the second year of a two-year remodel project.

LED BY A LEGEND…head coach Carmen Dolfo is in her 26th season leading the program…she owns an all-time record of 546-204 (.728) to rank amongst active and career leaders at the Division II level in career wins and winning percentage…Dolfo became the winningest coach in Western Washington history last season when she collected victory No. 519 on Dec. 3 vs. Alaska to pass former men’s basketball coach Brad Jackson (518-279)…here is where Coach Dolfo ranks ranked in the NCAA in several categories (entering the 2016-17 season):

  • Winningest Active Coaches (All-Divisions): 46th (535-201/.727)
  • Winningest Active Coaches (Division II): 10th (by wins), 17th (by pct.)
  • Winningest All-Time Coaches (Division II): 20th (by wins), 23rd (by pct.)
  • Most 20-Win Seasons (Division II): T10th (19)

A STORIED PROGRAM…two Western Washington women’s basketball coaches have more than 400 career victories…current head coach Carmen Dolfo has amassed 546 wins while former coach Lynda Goodrich totaled 411 wins leading the Vikings…overall WWU is 978-339 (.743) in 46 seasons.

POSTSEASON HISTORY…WWU has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 15 of 18 seasons, reaching the Final Four in 2000 and 2013…five-time regular-season GNAC champion and won back-to-back GNAC Tournament Championships in 2012-13 and 2013-14.