WWU holds Pioneers at bay in win


Having its best defensive effort of the young season, Western Washington University defeated Texas Woman's University 80-44 in basketball action Friday, Dec. 20, 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, who scored 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 and shot 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 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 Collard, who made 4 of 9 3-pointers. Center Sarah Hill 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 came off the bench with nine points on 4 of 5 shooting for WWU, and point guard Jenni White 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 at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2.

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