WWU women's hoopsters named GNAC Team of the Week
Dec. 20, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Western Washington University women's basketball squad has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Team of the Week for Dec. 16-22.
The Vikings, 8-2 overall and 2-0 in league play, posted wins over two nationally ranked opponents, coming back to edge sixth-ranked Washburn KS, 64-62, and nipping No.15 Grand Canyon, 72-68 in overtime, at the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic held at Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 18-19.
Center Britt Harris (Sr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck), who earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors, scored a career-high 27 points in the upset of Washburn. The loss was the first in seven games this season for the Lady Blues.
WWU trailed by six points, 46-40, with less than nine minutes left, but went on a 16-4 run over a span of 3:25 for a 56-50 lead with 6:12 to play. The Vikings led the rest of the way.
Harris, who had 15 points in the second half, was 10-of-19 from the field and 7-of-9 on free throws. She also had four assists and three steals, both team highs.
Point guard Corinn Waltrip (Sr., Tigard, OR), who was named to the all-tournament team, matched a career-high with 23 points, nine of them in overtime, as WWU beat Grand Canyon, snapped a nine-game Antelope winning streak.
In a game that featured 10 ties and 13 lead changes, GCU took a 56-55 lead on a free throw with 3:35 left, then the Antelopes hit a jumper with 1:59 to play to make the margin 58-55. But the Vikings forced overtime as Katie Colard (So., McCleary/Elma) hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 31 seconds to play, and at the other end, GCU missed a pull-up 12-footer with two seconds left.
WWU never trailed in the extra frame, using an 8-2 run to grab a 66-60 lead with 1:55 remaining, and from there, Waltrip, who hit a 3-pointer in the charge, converted six consecutive free throws to help the Vikings maintain the advantage.
Waltrip, who hit 4-of-8 3-pointers, also handed out six assists.
Colard scored 18 points in the two victories. Forward Trishi Williams (Sr., Mabton) had 19 points, 15 rebounds and a team-high seven assists, and forward Sarah Hill (Jr., Richmond, VA), making the first two starts of her career, had 10 points and led WWU with 17 rebounds, 15 against GCU.
WWU has a two-week break before playing at defending GNAC champion Alaska Anchorage on Thursday (7 p.m.), Jan. 3.
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