Guard Katie Colard scored a game-high 26 points as Western Washington University overcame a nine-point, second-half deficit to defeat Portland State University, 75-64, in a women’s basketball game Sunday, Dec. 14, at Peter W. Stott Center on the PSU campus.
The contest was an exhibition for NCAA Division II WWU and a counter for NCAA I PSU, which fell to 1-8.
Colard finished 7 of 10 from the floor, 4 of 6 beyond the arc, and made 8 of 9 free throws. She also grabbed six rebounds.
Tia Briggs scored 14 points for WWU, and point guard Jenni White added 12.
PSU got 15 points and nine rebounds each from Alicia Carline and Lauren Holt. Lariel Powell contributed 12 points and a game-high 12 assists and Emily Easom had 10 points.
PSU opened the second half with an 11-2 run for a 45-36 advantage with 15:25 to play. WWU responded with a 15-6 burst to tie the score at 51-51with 11:09 to go.
No more than three points separated the two teams for nearly seven minutes before a three-point play by Briggs put WWU ahead to stay, 63-61, with 4:18 to go as the Vikings finished the contest with a 15-6 run.
Reserve Kiana Gandy helped spark WWU’s 39-19 run over the last 15:25 of the game with six points, on 2-of-2 shooting both from the floor and at the free throw line. She also had two rebounds, an assist and a steal.
WWU did not give up a point for nearly five minutes in taking a 7-0 lead to begin the contest and did not allow PSU to score a field goal until the 14:30 mark of the first half, leading 9-4.
WWU trailed by five, 31-26, with 3:29 left in the period, before rallying to tie the score 34-all at halftime.
WWU, 5-3, next competes in the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic at Las Vegas, Nev., meeting NCAA II nationally No.4-ranked West Texas A&M on Dec. 18 and Southern Indiana onDec. 19.
WWU head coach Carmen Dolfo, who has a 499-186 record in 24 seasons directing the Vikings, needs one more win to become the first four-year collegiate coach in the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Oregon and Washington) to record 500 victories at one university in those states.