2016-17 Women's Basketball Season in Review

June 14, 2017

2016-17 Season IN REVIEW
26-6 OVERALL, 18-2 GNAC
« NCAA II West Regional semifinalist «
Head Coach: Carmen Dolfo (26th season, 561-207/.730)
Final National Ranking: #18 (WBCA)

The Vikings finished the season with a 26-6 overall record and had a season-end ranking of No. 18 in the country…finished 2nd in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season standings with an 18-2 mark and were also runner-up in the GNAC Tournament…advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament as the No. 3 seed in the West Region in Anchorage, Alaska, advancing to the semifinal round…program made its 16th appearance in the NCAA Championships in 19 seasons at the Division II level…beat Cal State East Bay 74-48 in the regional opener…won 20 of final 23 games of the season, including 18 of last 19 to end the regular season…recorded a 17-game winning streak Dec. 19-Feb. 16, the 4th-longest in program history…only two conference losses came to undefeated Alaska Anchorage…tied program record for most wins in a GNAC season, matching the 18 wins (18-0) in 2005-06…have finished 1st or 2nd in the GNAC regular-season standings in eight consecutive seasons…5 of 6 losses came against teams that were ranked in the top-10 in the nation…recorded 34th 20-win season in the 46 years of the program, including 7th in last 8 seasons…20th 20-win season under head coach Carmen Dolfo (26th season)…9th consecutive winning season…went 12-2 in games in Bellingham as the Vikings completed their second season playing off campus at Whatcom Community College while the Carver Gym renovation is nearing completion…ranked No. 18 in the nation in the final WBCA Division II Coaches Poll…enter the 2017-18 season 7 wins short of 1,000 for the history of the program (993-342/.744).

ALL-AMERICAN & PLAYER OF THE YEAR…senior Taylor Peacocke was named the GNAC Player of the Year and became the fourth player in program history to earn First Team WBCA All-America honors…also just the third Viking to win the GNAC top honor in the 16-year history of the league, joining Tina Donahue (2005-06) and Amanda Dunbar (2010-11)…also named first-team selection to the Division II Bulletin All-America team and a second-team D2CCA All-American.

PEACOCKE’S POINTSTaylor Peacocke led NCAA Division II averaging 23.3 points per game (745 points, 32 games), while setting WWU and GNAC single-season records for points scored…broke the old WWU mark of 630 points by Jo Metzger in 1980-81 and the GNAC record of 692 points by Simon Fraser’s Erin Chambers in 2013-14…Peacocke ended her career with 1,940 career points (16.3 ppg) to rank 2nd in WWU and GNAC history…fell just short of the WWU record (Metzger – 1,990) and GNAC mark (Chambers – 1,946)…Peacocke is the GNAC’s all-time leading scorer in league games with 1,244 career points…she ended her career ranked 8th among active Division II players with 1,940 points scored.

A NIGHT TO REMEMBERTaylor Peacocke scored 41 points in a road game Jan. 17 at Simon Fraser, the 2nd-most points in a game in WWU history falling one point shy of the 42 points by Gina Sampson in 1995 and tied for 3rd in GNAC history…was 13-for-19 from the field, 5-for-8 from 3-point range and 10-for-10 from the free throw line…set a program record for points in a half with 27 second-half points (old record was 25 by Sampson)…41-point effort was tied for the 4th-best scoring performance by a Division II player during the 2016-17 season.

1,000-POINT CLUB…three players on the 2016-17 roster ended their careers in the 1,000-point club – Taylor Peacocke (2nd – 1,940), Tia Briggs (20th – 1,116) and Kiana Gandy (25th – 1,023)…the trio are part of an exclusive 27-player club that have all scored at least 1,000 points during a career in a Viking uniform.

SHOOTING STARS…the Vikings ranked in the top 25 in NCAA Division II in field goal percentage (8th, 45.9%), 3-point field goal percentage (21st, 36.5%) and free throw percentage (4th, 80.0%)…broke the WWU and GNAC single-season free throw percentage record, bettering the previous school record of 77.3% and old GNAC mark of 79.8% by Seattle Pacific in 2012-12…also ranked 39th nationally averaging 74.2 points per game.

SENIOR SIX…WWU’s class of six seniors featured five four-year players and one transfer – Taylor Peacocke, Tia Briggs, Kiana Gandy, Rachel Albert, Aleisha Hathaway and Jessica Valley…the class combined to score 1,934 of the team’s 2,374 points during the season (81.5% of scoring offense), and went 86-34 (.717) over the last four seasons with three 20-win seasons.

WBCA NCAA Division II All-America:
Taylor Peacocke, G (1st team)

Division II Bulletin All-America:
Taylor Peacocke, G (1st team)

D2CAA All-America:
Taylor Peacocke, G (2nd team)

D2CAA All-West Region:
Taylor Peacocke, G (1st team)

GNAC All-Conference:
Player of the Year: Taylor Peacocke
First-Team: Taylor Peacocke, Tia Briggs
Honorable Mention: Kiana Gandy

GNAC All-Academic:
Rachel Albert (3.43, Kinesiology)
Aleisha Hathaway (3.61, Kinesiology)
Amanda Lance (3.74, Business Management)
Taylor Peacocke (3.55, Sociology)
Jessica Valley (3.65, Adult & Higher Education – Master’s)

GNAC Weekly Awards:
Nov. 7-13: Taylor Peacocke
Dec. 12-20: Tia Briggs
Dec. 26-Jan. 1: Taylor Peacocke
Jan. 16-22: Taylor Peacocke

Additional Awards:
USBWA National Player of the Week (Taylor Peacocke, Jan. 16-22)
Women’s Pro Combine and Free Agent Camp (Taylor Peacocke)
NCAA Division II Scoring Leader (Taylor Peacocke)
SHAPE America Major of the Year (Aleisha Hathaway)
WWU Female Athlete of the Year (Taylor Peacocke)

All-Tournament Teams:
Taylor Peacocke: NCAA II West Regional, Lynda Goodrich Classic (MVP), West Region Crossover Classic (MVP), SPU/Sodexo Tip-Off Classic (MVP
Kiana Gandy: Holiday Hoops Classic, SPU/Sodexo Tip-Off Classic
Jessica Valley: Lynda Goodrich Classic
Hannah Stipanovich: West Region Crossover Classic


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