Katie Colard scored a game-high 21 points, leading Western Washington University to a 79-73 victory over conference-leading Saint Martin's University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball game Saturday, Jan. 18, at Marcus Pavilion on the SMU campus.
The Vikings improved to 9-6 overall and moved into a tie for first in the GNAC at 5-2 with their fourth consecutive win and the sixth in the last seven games.
SMU fell to 11-5 overall and 5-2 in the GNAC, suffering their first home loss in eight contests. Jordyn Richardson and Liz Mills each had 12 points for the Saints.
The Vikings held a 46-37 lead with 18 minutes left before SMU ran off 13 straight points, taking a 50-46 advantage just three minutes later on a Richardson 3-pointer.
The Saints still held a 65-63 lead with a little over five minutes left, but WWU took control with nine straight points, capped by a Taylor Peacocke jumper with 3:55 to play that gave the Vikings a 72-65 advantage. SMU never got closer than four points after that.
Peacocke came off the bench to finish with 16 points. Forward Sydney Donaldson added 10.
WWU had a 42-31 advantage in rebounds, with center Sarah Hill grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds in addition to scoring nine points.
Aided by a pair of Colard 3-pointers, the Vikings jumped to a 13-4 lead 6:30 into the contest, and held a 41-35 advantage at halftime.
The win was WWU's 12th straight in the series, upping its advantage to 60-10.
WWU returns for a four-game home stand, beginning Thursday, Jan. 23 (7 p.m.), against Alaska Anchorage in a GNAC counter.