WWU women earn road victory

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 2, 2014 

Katie Colard scored a career and game-high 25 points, hitting 5-of-7 3-pointers as Western Washington University upset nationally top 10-ranked Seattle Pacific University, 84-77, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball game on Thursday at Royal Brougham Pavilion.

The Vikings, who have played just two of their first 10 games at home, improved to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in GNAC play with their second straight win. They also got a career-high 16 points from center Sarah Hill, who also contributed four rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals.

SPU, ranked No. 9 in the latest Top 25 poll, fell to 8-3 overall and 1-2 in conference action. The Falcons, who have dropped three of their last four games after a 7-0 start, got 18 points from guard Suzanna Ohlsen and forward Katie Benson had 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

With the score tied at 67-all with under seven minutes remaining, Colard put the Vikings ahead to stay at 70-67 on a 3-pointer at 6:27. That began a stretch in which she scored 12 of WWU's last 17 points, including six straight for a 79-73 lead with 2:16 to go.

SPU never got closer than three after that.

The Falcons, which was ahead by seven points three times during the opening 12 minuts, led 44-43 at halftime on a jumper by Betsy Kingma with two seconds left.

WWU never trailed after Hill connected on a 3-pointer 20 seconds into the second half to a 46-44 advantage.

Jenni White and Taylor Peacocke each scored 11 points for the Vikings, who shot 50.0 percent (28 of 56) from the field and 56.3 percent (9 of 16) from 3-point range. White also had a game-high six assists.

Center Maddey Pflaumer and Kingma each had 12 points for SPU, which had a 40-26 rebound advantage.

WESTERN WASHINGTON 84, SEATTLE PACIFIC 77

WESTERN WASHINGTON (5-5, 1-1 GNAC)

Colard,Katie 7-9 6-7 25; Hill,Sarah 6-9 3-3 16; White,Jenni 3-5 4-6 11; Peacocke,Taylor 4-9 3-3 11; Pounds,Marcel 3-5 1-2 9; Briggs,Tia 2-9 1-5 5; Donaldson,Sydney 2-6 0-0 4; Gandy,Kiana 1-3 1-2 3; Albert,Rachel 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-56 19-28 84.

SEATTLE PACIFIC (8-3, 1-2 GNAC)

Ohlsen,Suzanna 8-16 2-2 18; Benson,Katie 7-17 3-3 17; Pflaumer,Maddey 5-9 2-2 12; Kingma,Betsy 5-9 0-0 12; Lasconia,Brianne 4-7 0-0 8; Rodrigues,Hannah 2-4 2-2 6; Lukasiewicz,Stacey 1-1 0-0 2; Barnes,Mechela 1-4 0-0 2; Butler,Riley 0-0 0-0 0; Grager,Molly 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-68 9-9 77.

Half: SP 44, WWU 43

3-point goals--Western Washington 9-16 (Colard,Katie 5-7; Pounds,Marcel 2-4; Hill,Sarah 1-1; White,Jenni 1-2; Donaldson,Sydney 0-2), Seattle Pacific 2-13 (Kingma,Betsy 2-5; Benson,Katie 0-1; Lasconia,Brianne 0-2; Barnes,Mechela 0-1; Ohlsen,Suzanna 0-4). Fouled out--Western Washington-None, Seattle Pacific-None. Rebounds--Western Washington 26 (Peacocke,Taylor 5), Seattle Pacific 40 (Benson,Katie 9). Assists--Western Washington 19 (White,Jenni 6), Seattle Pacific 13 (Ohlsen,Suzanna 4). Total fouls--Western Washington 15, Seattle Pacific 21. Technical fouls--Western Washington-None, Seattle Pacific-None. A-427

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